Shattering the Glass: It's Time

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Past, present and future, each three words that express distinct units of time; however there is a common thread among the three in regards to women and their place in the workforce. In the past, a woman seen in a high paying job such as a CEO or president of a company would have been a rare sight, if seen at all. This is known today as the glass ceiling, which is defined by Merriam Webster’s online encyclopedia as “an intangible barrier within a hierarchy that prevents women or minorities from obtaining upper-level positions” (“Glass”). The term was popularized in the 1980’s, after the second wave of feminism had begun. It was not until the late 19th century that American women began to demand equality, although thoughts of it had been conveyed in colonial times. As the Constitution was being written, Abigail Adams suggested to her husband, “In the new Code of Laws...I desire you to remember the ladies and be more generous to them than your ancestors…” (Lindsey and Beach 351). John brushed her desires to the side, it would be over almost 50 years later until the movement for egalitarianism, would truly begin. It began again with the Seneca Falls convention in 1848, the first convention for women’s rights, and grew into the movement that is studied in schools today; many people know it as the Feminist movement. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott began the fight for equality allowing for the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920 and the publication of one of the most revered novels, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. The Feminine Mystique facilitated the beginning of the second wave of feminism, which has carried on into the 21st century. A majority of the nation assumes women now have equal opportunity ...

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