gender and leadership 4
Reply in a scholarly and substantive manner with at least 175 words, be sure to include these points
1) The glass ceiling concept means an invisible upper limit in corporations and other organizations, above which it is difficult or impossible for women to rise in the ranks. This metaphor is to show how there are barriers that keep women from getting promotions, pay raises, and further opportunities. Historically, this term was popularized in the 1980s. It was used in a 1984 book called “The Working Woman Report”, and later used in 1986 in an article called “Wall Street Journal”. The term uses the word “glass” because the barrier is not visible. The women might not be aware of the barrier until they hit it.
2) The glass ceiling is still relevant in today’s workplace. Although the term is not an explicit practice discriminating against women, there are still other things that produce the barrier without the intention to discriminate. Some of these things include specific policies, practices, and attitudes. This term applies to many major economic organizations. But now, further in today’s society, it is being applied to invisible limits where women had not risen in other fields. Yet there are still arguments that there is no glass ceiling in today’s workplace. These arguments include that women do not have the right education, women’s job choices keep them off of the executive track, and women’s right already provides equality. However, there is clear evidence that this glass ceiling still exists. There are many women of higher power that do not make the same salary as men in that same position. There are also many places that do not offer women the same opportunity as they do to men to rise up in their field.
The “Glass Ceiling” is a metaphor used to represent an invisible barrier that keeps a given demographic (women) from rising beyond a certain level in a bureaucracy. This metaphor was first stamped by feminist, including Marylin Loden in 1978, about barriers in the careers of high-achieving women. The term was invented to apply to major economic organization, like corporations. The U.S. Department of Labor’s 1991 interpretation of the glass ceiling as “those artificial barriers based on attitudinal or organization into management-level position.”
“Invisible Barriers” function as metaphors to describe the extraordinary circumstances that women undergo, usually when women are trying to advance within their careers as well as advance their lives outside the workplace. These additional circumstances include the prevention of promotions, especially to the executive rankings. The gender pay gap is an excellent example of the glass ceiling and is the difference between male and female earnings even in the same level of the position. There are multiple types of glass ceilings including intentional entrepreneurs and corporate climbers.
I think the glass ceiling is very relevant to today’s workplace. While I believe that times have significantly changed and there are a more significant number of women are in leadership positions, there is still the notion of the glass ceiling. Even though women may not be aware of the existence of the glass ceiling concept until they hit the barrier. There are still issues with gender stereotyping, gender pay gap, glass escalator, sticky floor, and the frozen middle. Hopefully, one day, this will soon change.