Breaking The Glass Ceiling (One Shard At A Time)

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Though it is arguably true that tremendous strides have been made for women’s rights, I firmly believe that there is still a discriminatory glass ceiling beyond which women cannot advance due to gender. Women possessing the skills and abilities of their male counterparts are blocked from the innermost circles of power and influence, and promotions to top-level managerial positions achieved by women lag behind the actual increase of women in the workforce. Ann Morrison, who describes the glass ceiling as subtle and transparent, yet strong enough to prevent women from moving up the corporate hierarchy, notes that it “is not simply a barrier for an individual, based on the person’s inability to ...view middle of the document...

The glass ceiling poses a question regarding the issue of domestication: are women domesticating themselves by choosing more nurturing jobs, rather than those that pay well, or are they being domesticated by male-dominated organizations? Before shattering the glass ceiling, the status quo and norms we accept must ultimately be eliminated. Morrison notes that she met an ad agency chairman while writing, who stated that “A chief executive doesn’t take time off if he wants to remain chief executive” (Breaking the Glass Ceiling, pp. 16). Male-dominated workforces frequently question and criticize the ability of women to find an equitable work/life balance, and as Morrison argues, women are expected to take major responsibility for maintaining a household, raising children, and even nurturing an intimate relationship” (Breaking the Glass Ceiling, pp. 17). Time demands aside, there is also the mental strain of switching between the tough, efficient role required at work, to the nurturing and personal appeals expected while at home. Though this issue is applicable to both men and women alike, societal standards associate the roles of both caregiver and homemaker with women. Men, however, can work without regret when life conflicts arise, as their role within a...

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