Women's Glass Ceiling

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Women are ready and able to occupy top executive positions. This was the case in the inspiring story of Gert Boyle. When her husband died of a heart attack, he left her with a debt-ridden company and no knowledge on how to run it. In spite of that, thirty two years later, she has turned Columbia Sportswear Inc. into a successful outerwear company, competing with North Face and REI. She had to make difficult decisions along the way, including once she had to fire 55 employees as a strategy due to low margin profits. Nevertheless, Mrs. refocused on new ways to push the company forward by listening to her customers’ requests. Since 1984, sales have grown from $3 million to over $700 million (Ivanevich, 2002). Today more women are joining the workforce in spite of typical issues finding good child care and invisible barriers such as “Glass Ceiling” which leave women with no realistic possibility for advancement. Women are taking many important roles in society as mothers, students, and why not as leaders. Women often experience a barrier for advancement between her –a woman- and a top in her corporation, often we hear executive with comments as “If I were a man” this comment displays frustration. Other comments are also voiced out loud with anger by feminists such as “Men with less experience are often promoted sooner.” The glass ceiling effect is caused from the fact that most women lack role models or mentors to help development in their careers. One reason for the reality of the glass ceiling could be that human resource managers tend to hire employees who are like the same gender as themselves. In other words, men tend to hire more men and women tend to hire other women. Ceiling 3 According to a survey conduct... ... middle of paper ... ...and do what is necessary such as relocating, changing jobs, demand a promotion or start a business. Works Cited Anonymous. (1988). Catalyst Guide. Retrieved July 15, 2010, from Advancing Women in Business: www.catalystwomen.org Carrel, M. &. (2007). Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining. New Jersey: Pearson. Gile-Olivarez, N. (2009). Report finds a few breaking glass ceilings in California. Telegraph Journal , E.4. Ivanevich, J. &. (2002). Organizational Behavior and Management. New York: McGraw-Hill. Morrison, A. W. (1992). Breaking the Glass Ceiling. Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. Noe, R. A. (2009). Fundamentals of Human Resource Management. New York: McGraw-Hill. Stith, A. (1996). Breaking the Glass Ceiling. New Jersey: Bryant and Dillon Publishers. Yukl, G. (2008). Leadership in Organizations. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
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