The Glass Ceiling Is An Invisible Barrier At The Top Of The Corporate Ladder

1639 WordsMay 8, 20177 Pages
Most females will never be able to shatter the glass ceiling because corporate America is male dominated. Although few have made it to the top of the corporate ladder, a man will override women in many professions. Female’s are paid less than their male counterparts across multiple industries in the United States. The “glass ceiling” is an invisible barrier at the top of the corporate ladder. The glass ceiling has always been a particular problem in the labor market, especially with the advancement of capitalism. The glass ceiling is predominant in a workplace, this is when a male can continue to receive promotions and go further up in a managerial hierarchy. While women will stop receiving promotions at a certain point and are…show more content…
This was altered when author Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique in 1963 (Lawson, Professional Communications). Women all around the United States had this novel and realized they were bored with the traditional life of homemaking and child raising. These women wanted a career, and through education opportunities they had career options. Chicanas and African Americans faced oppressive discrimination on education, politics, and employment. Women all over were seeking equality but women of color found it far more difficult. Today, on average women make 22% less per hour than men, women of color make even less (Lawson, Professional Communications). This is true even in occupations historically dominated by women. Women earn exactly 74 cent to every dollar a man earns in the same job, even having similar education (Lawson, Professional Communications). The pay should be the same for the same jobs, but many companies pay men a higher salary than women for the same job causing sex discrimination. Sexism happens almost everyday in the workplace. There is a large gender stereotype everyone is taught when they grow up. This stereotype is portrayed in the reading Feminism: A Transformational Politic by bell hooks, “men should have greater authority than women” (hooks, 468). In reality, women are not always dominated by their male counterpart, women are becoming more independent and strong. hooks
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