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Breaking through the "glass ceiling"

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The glass ceiling describes the restraints that inhibit women rising to the rope levels, without there being active discrimination by employers. Discrimination against women still does present itself every now and then in the corporate space.In a study done by Procurement leaders in 2017, of the 1300 professionals that were surveyed, only a tenth were females that occupied senior/management positions. Which leads me to the question of whether or not most management positions are being reserved for males and why that is still the case in this new age where women have proved themselves equally capable and able over the years.
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Do you believe the"glass ceiling" concept still exist for women in the workplace? Why or why not?
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Definitely glass ceiling still exists everywhere even in Jamaica, the country that tops the charts on having the most number of women executives. Based on interviews with women from Jamaica, they still believe that a lot should still be done, especially in the male-dominated industries like manufacturing.
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I work for a Fortune 500 company. Fortunately for me, our company supports diversity very much. The ratio of male to female employees is almost 1:1. There are countries where the country managing head is a woman.
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Yes, I think to an extent there is still a level of prejudice in a sense that men are promoted more quickly than women with equivalent qualifications, even in traditionally female settings such as nursing and education.
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From personal experience this is not true of all professions. The medical profession is one example where having children as a doctor, nurse, physio etc. will not necessarily hinder your chances of advancement. The glass ceiling is removed if women choose not to have children in many cases but this is hardly encouraging.
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Definitely glass ceiling still exists everywhere even in Jamaica, the country that tops the charts on having the most number of women executives. Based on interviews with women from Jamaica, they still believe that a lot should still be done, especially in the male-dominated industries like manufacturing.
Agree. I want to add the fact that although Jamaica has the highest percentage of female managers, most of the female managers are in middle management, only 24% in top management. So, still a long way to go.
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I believe it still exists. The company I work for has more men executives. Women are given positions that are more prone to criticisms. It's like you're already expecting them to fail.
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The glass ceiling as a concept seems obsolete faced with the tangled reality of women in the workplace in the wake of feminism. More and more women are competing for the same positions as men and giving them a run for their money, rightfully so.
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I would say one of the reasons why the glass ceiling still exists for women in the workplace is because women are still the ones who interrupt their careers to handle work/family trade-offs – having babies, raising kids, etc. and most companies fear putting females in senior positions in fear of them deciding to up and leave for family instead
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We really need to break all those barriers. We need more women on top management so that there can be more opportunities for women to enter the workplace. We can only count on women to create company policies that are supportive of women.
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We really need to break all those barriers. We need more women on top management so that there can be more opportunities for women to enter the workplace. We can only count on women to create company policies that are supportive of women.
Right, how can men create breastfeeding policies in the company and things like that. Only women would be able to relate. And only women in top management would be able to make those policies into effect.
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I would say one of the reasons why the glass ceiling still exists for women in the workplace is because women are still the ones who interrupt their careers to handle work/family trade-offs – having babies, raising kids, etc. and most companies fear putting females in senior positions in fear of them deciding to up and leave for family instead
Rightly said. That is why we need to have mommy-friendly work place policies to allow women the flexibility they need to have both a career life and mommy life.
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The glass ceiling as a concept seems obsolete faced with the tangled reality of women in the workplace in the wake of feminism. I believe factors such as socialization of gender and the existence of gendered spaces are better for interpreting issues of women in the workplace.
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It sure does. I’ve noticed that some companies may put a woman in a senior position but have a male counterpart there, just for control. They avoid having a sole female member heading up any team possibly because some men have no regard for women and will not respect their authority.
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