"Working Girl": The Obstacles Within Corporate America

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In the movie "Working Girl", the star Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is a hard working

woman who is determined to reach the top of the stock market world by hard work. As

she turns 30 she is still stuck in clerical work so when she starts working for Katherine

Parker (Sigourney Weaver) she is glad that Katherine is willing to accept input and ideas

from her. However, when Katherine goes on a skiing trip and breaks her leg she asks

Tess to look after things. With that responsibility Tess simply takes over her office,

her apartment, even her wardrobe. Enraged that her boyfriend is cheating on her, Tess

sets out to do a deal while Katherine is away. She teams up with Jack Trainer (Harrison

Ford) to close the deal before Katherine's return; and the two slowly fall in love little

knowing that Jack is Katherine's boyfriend.

In this movie Corporate America is portrayed the way it is in life. The atmosphere in

corporate America has progressed toward a higher complexity. The education and skills

needed to succeed must be met in order to climb the corporate ladder. Tess strives to

better herself by taking speech class and attending seminars. Tess' knowledge and

ambition also gave her the necessary advantage to enter into an esteemed brokerage firm.

Here she was left with the desire to reach the top of Corporate America. Taking the steps

of going to school and acquiring a degree are key to the rise in Corporate America. In this

movies, knowledge and skill was key to being successful. Without valuable contributions

that Tess made, rising to the top would have taken years. Greed, scandals, favors, and

corruption all take place in Corporate America. At the top of the ladder these evils start.