An academic thesis on women working in botanic gardens has found 361 separate incidents of stereotyping based on gender.
The most frequently used stereotype was being labelled too emotional - reported by 94 women.
Women Working Globally in Botanic Gardens: Career Barriers & Opportunities in Horticulture & Science by Kew researcher Kathryn Braithwaite assessed the careers of women working in botanic horticulture and science from the perspective of those working in the industry.
Their contribution was "overwhelming", with 573 surveys completed from 209 unique global botanic garden sites and women participating from as far afield as South Korea, Yemen and Brazil.
The study assessed areas such as the women's educational history, opportunities in their workplace, perceived barriers, gender stereotypes, leadership roles and hopes for the future.
Braithwaite found that in many cases the reality of the workplace "isn't matching the hopes and expectations of their career trajectory".
She added: "The evidence shows that discontent is caused by low wages, unstable funding, insufficient positions consummate with skill level and the impact of leaving the workplace to have children. But for all the concerns and issues raised it is encouraging that 90 per cent of women would recommend a female friend to pursue a career in a botanic garden.
"It is important that we understand why women embark on a career in a botanic garden to promote these benefits to the next generation of young females.
"The one overwhelming response, when asked why they want to work in a botanic garden, was 'for the love of plants' and 'because it is my dream job'."
Study results - Women in botanic gardens
39.7%: Responses from Europe (source of most responses).
10.6 years: The mean number of years that participants have worked in the sector, with the longest recorded career spanning 59 years.
19.2%: Respondents in upper management or a directorship.
76.2%: Participants who hold an undergraduate degree or higher qualification.
63.6%: Participants agreeing or strongly agreeing they had opportunities to apply their talents and expertise.
38.5%: Respondents who felt they have adequate career advancement opportunities.
55%: Women who said they are spread too widely in too many directions/initiatives/projects.
60.1%: Participants who do not have children.