Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Minority Women

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The Glass Ceiling for Minority Women Introduction: The Civil Rights era which persisted across the 1960s and 1970s would bring about extensive and explicit change. For both women and for ethnic minorities, the push for equal rights saw changes in the wording of our laws, our expected ethical norms in the way that we address discrimination as a society. From that juncture forward, we have been engaged in a collective effort as a society to undo the longstanding inequalities that persist in our culture and in our society. In spite of the considerable success that we've had in doing so, there remain substantial obstacles for the personal advancement of women, minorities and, perhaps most severely, minority women. What is so trouble is that many of these obstacles continue day-to-day out in plain view and yet largely unseen. The term for these apparent but invisible obstacles is the glass ceiling, a force which stands between the advancement of minority women and their white, male counterparts. The discussion hereafter considers this ethical issue from both a cognitive and an affective standpoint, drawing views from standards of ethical decision making in the counseling profession. Response: In spite of progress made in the area of workplace equality, certain unspoken realities determine business cultures and the opportunities available to different employees. Specifically, Napikoski (2001) adds to the discussion, there are a number dimension of work in which treatment of
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