The Myths of The Glass Ceiling

Despite the long standing nature of women in the work place they continue to struggle against a “glass ceiling.”  Men of equal schooling and achievement are generally paid more for the same work and are promoted at a higher rate.  The article “Debunking the Myths on Why Women Struggle to Get Ahead” writes about “a new report from nonprofit research firm Catalyst shows women are taking the right steps to advance, yet they still struggle to do so at same clip as men” (Kalman, 2011, p. 1).  The traditional explanations place the blame on the women themselves.  Usually dealing with a woman’s lack of negotiating or taking breaks from the work force to be a mother; however, this report “surveyed a focused sample — 3,345 men and women who didn’t have kids, had aspired to reach the CEO level, were graduates of full-time MBA programs and didn’t take extended time off from work” (Kalman, 2011, p. 1).  Catalyst found the same disparity between men and women.  This disparity reveals an opportunity for diversity minded leaders to make organizational change.    “’A lot of programs out there [seek] to change what women are doing, coach them to do things differently,’  Silva said. ‘It’s time to change the focus [from] what women are or aren’t doing to what companies are doing’” (Kalman, 2011, p. 2).

References

Kalman, F. (2011). Debunking the myths on why women struggle to get ahead. Retrieved from http://www.diversity-executive.com/articles/view/debunking-the-myths-on-why-women-struggle-to-get-ahead/1

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  1. AllisonM says:

    Excellent post. The glass ceiling is created in our culture because of what we value. Other countries place a high value on motherhood, encouraging extended maternity leaves. Our culture devalues motherhood and views it as a weakness in the professional world. Women do take the right steps to advance, they just possess different traits and thus different ways of ascending the ladder. The glass ceiling is not the woman’s fault. But, the glass ceiling does provide an amazing opportunity for Christian leaders to initiate cultural change, embracing the areas such as motherhood that have been looked at as a fault, and using them to our advantage.

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