neptune, just as you enjoyed pointing out multiple times on another topic when questions where asked, it's just more complicated than that, and too simplistic and easy to say "get more education, get another job"
I have to trust the OP has considered all the things you said, and more.
The OP hasn't said anything about a desire to "move forward in her career" Maybe she does. Or maybe she is really happy right in the position she is in, except for these outside forces.
Bhawks303, I too, like glitter, have been in your position. The one where you simply want to do your job, work with others as a team, and spend the third of your life at work in a pleasant working environment.
But unfortunately, it seems that in many more work places than people are aware of, there is someone like this "Queen Bee" or the "Little Emperor".
It happens at all levels of an organization, and unfortunately, the higher ups don't always give a lot of thought to the people down in the trenches, the one's that are making things happen. I think that's strange, because if it wasn't for the workers on the front line, who would they be managing? Instead, they see it as "the girls" not being able to "get along", and that they are being petty, etc.
Like glitter said, most of what I can offer is empathy for your situation, and sympathy for the toll it's taking on you. Maybe part of your starting this thread was to feel that others get what you're going through. It's very tough, and I know it's a hopeless feeling.
In any event, your pain is your pain, and I'm not going to tell you something like "you don't know what abuse is" You're hurt, you're frustrated. It's real.
I get that, it's real.
Although it's not new advice, all I can offer is to just continue looking for another place to work. It may take awhile, but just the act of taking the act of searching gives you back some of the control you feel you don't have.
I feel fortunate that I've had a few jobs over the years where there wasn't this disruptive force in the staff. But I also have been in the situation more than once where for whatever reason, a particular person, or persons, just have to make life miserable for others. They aren't going to change.
Question. Does your business have monthly staff meetings, where everyone is present and can express ideas?