Great article, Dianne! In my experience, women can be super team players *or* horrible back-stabbers. There is a "pecking order" that exists in the office as well as in hen houses.
We all need to feel significant. If the management fails to create a pleasant, non-threatening work environment, there will be competition and hostility as everyone vies for appreciation and recognition.
I've worked in an all-female organization where it was all smiles on the outside and back-stabbing when no one was looking. Now that I'm older, I can see where it came from: People need to feel secure in their place at the office.
And then, I've work in organizations where women rose to the occasion whenever there was a clear and common goal to achieve.
But, men and women alike can be poisoned by power. (Absolute power corrupts absolutely.) Men fight for it in their own way; women in theirs.