The Glass Ceiling and How Gender Discrimination Affects Women

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The Glass Ceiling and How Gender Discrimination Affects Women Does Father really know best? In Corporate America, men seem to want full control. Our organizations have been created by men for men and they have great opposition to women infiltrating their management positions. Men have created glass ceilings for women in the workplace. A glass ceiling is an artificial barrier that allows women to see the top of the corporate ladder but at the same time denies them access to the higher rungs of that ladder. Women keep hitting their heads on the glass ceiling until they develop so many knots on their heads that eventually they give up on their goals and ambitions. Father knows best! I don't think so! More women today have higher education with higher grade point averages than men do. In 1999, women earned 57% of all bachelors' degrees. The sad part is that more women today choose to receive degrees in law or medical careers than in corporate business careers. This is due to the lack of female role models in Corporate America. As of March 1999, women only represented 11.9 percent of corporate officers in America's 500 largest corporations. Men have these jobs sewn up. Most of the 11.9 percent of the offices that women do hold are in positions in human resources or public relations. According to the Glass Ceiling Commission in a report published in 1995, women are frequently routed into career paths like customer relations and human resources because these jobs usually do not lead to a top corporate job. With the glass ceiling in place, women's hard work and degrees do not pay off. Even with equal education, executive women earn $187,000 average where men, in the same job, earn $289,000 annually. Women do most of... ... middle of paper ... ...//www.inmotionmagazine.com/glass.html. 20 March 2000 Breadmakers to Breadwinners, Jeff Thredgold, Enterpise/Salt Lake City, 06/05/2000, Vol. 29 Issue 49, pg29, 1/2/p.1bw Online. Available: http://ehos.m=%22glass%20ceilling22&fuzzyTerm= 19 Sept. 00 Bennett-Alexander, Dawn D. & Pincus, Laura B., Employment Law for Business. 2nd edition Copyright 1998, The McGraw-Hill Company, Inc. Women entrepreneurs have ability to shatter glass ceiling, Clark, Boston Business Journal, 01/07/2000, Vol. 19 Issue 48, p21, 1/3p, 1 bw Online. Available: http://ehos.m=%22glass%20ceilling22&fuzzyTerm= 19 Sept. 00 Businesswomen; Women -- Vocational guidance, Bernice. L Guity, Business Journal : Serving Jacksonville & Northeast Florida, 04/14/2000, Vol. 15 Issue 25, p21, 1p Online. Available: http://ehos.m=%22glass%20ceilling22&fuzzyTerm= 19 Sept. 00

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