In the 80s, a lot of films, usually dramas, surrounding women at work sprung up. Indeed, this echoed the new trend for women to have a career, and a powerful one, for the first time. Women were in control of their lives and did not have to stay at home, they could choose to have a career.
However, through many films, this trend was not necessarily perceived positively and number of them show women with a powerful career as dangerous, psychotic almost. That is notably the case of Glenn Close's role in Fatal Attraction; she has a good career (in publishing) but is a little (lot) on the nutty side. Fatal Attraction is not the only one to give a negative image of the woman who has power. This might come from the fact that some men felt, dare I say, threatened by women in control of their lives.
Whatever the reason, thankfully this trend did not last for very long. And nowadays, films portray women which do have a career without having to be psychotic. This also shows the evolution of women in the work environment. In the 80s, women having high power jobs was only an emerging trend, but it has grown in a good way. There are many women who have a job these days, and even though most very high earning jobs are still dominated by men, hopefully this will change in the next few years. And, although some people still disapprove, women choosing to have a career over a family is no longer viewed negatively, at least not as much as it used to be.