The Glass Ceiling

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I consider myself a feminist solely on the premise of the word’s definition. Webster defines feminist as “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities; the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” Our country was founded on similar beliefs but the gender equality segment was forgotten. Women did not have the right to vote or even work until the 1920’s. Even today, women struggle to be considered equals in all aspects of American life. America is still widely seen as a largely patriarchal society even when there are statistically more women employed and single-handedly maintaining a household than ever before. Due to the effects of the glass ceiling, women are continuing to earn less than men in the same career fields with the same amount of education. Double standards and the hyper sexualization of women in the media is a common phenomena in our media outlets. There is such a negative stigma placed on feminist beliefs and practices but if people were to get past the stereotypical persona of a feminist, they would be able to understand the importance of the movement. I’ve also found how vital the feminist movement is for me both professionally and personally as I transition into adulthood. As I mentioned in the introduction, women have struggled and continue to struggle to find equality in the workforce. The glass ceiling was initially utilized by feminist activists to express concerns about the barriers that were

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