Americans no longer prefer a male boss over a female boss, according to a recent study. For the first time since Gallup starting asking people this question, a majority of Americans said their boss's gender makes no difference to them. The Gallup survey was conducted in early November, a month after media mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment by many women, sparking the #MeToo movement which inspired a flood of sexual harassment claims against powerful men in a variety of industries. “The public's current break from its decades-long preference for male bosses could be a sign that recent news events have had an effect,” according to a Gallup news release. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW Only 23 percent of Americans said they preferred a male boss, compared to 33 percent in 2014 and 66 percent when the poll first started in 1953. While the recent poll could mean good news for women in the workforce who are in management positions, Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg warned of a backlash sparked by the “Me Too” movement, she wrote on Facebook Sunday. “I have already heard the rumblings of a backlash: ‘This is why you shouldn’t hire women,’ ” she wrote about the recent sexual harassment allegations. “Actually, this is why you should.” The “Lean In” author said she fears that “the percentage of men who will be afraid to be alone with a female colleague has to be sky high right now,” which could result in women being left out of mentoring opportunities. “Doing right by women in the workplace does not just mean treating them with respect. It also means not isolating or ignoring them – and making access equal. Whether that means you take all your direct reports out to dinner or none of them, the key is to give men and women equal opportunities to succeed,” she wrote. “So much good is happening to fix workplaces right now,” she wrote. “Let’s make sure it does not have the unintended consequence of holding women back.” She said that ultimately, having more women in powerful positions will bring the biggest changes to the workplace. Sandberg also outlined a set of rules for