The Glass Ceiling

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Andy Ginn

Management 6320-N1

Professor Cooper

May 5, 2014

The Glass Ceiling: Are Women Treated Differently

Unfortunately, even today, women are still trying to prove themselves equal to men in many ways. The "glass ceiling" is perhaps one of the most familiar and evocative metaphors to surface from the 20th century. This expression has been used widely in the popular media as well as in official government reports. The image suggest that although it may be the case now that women are able to get through the front door professional hierarchies, at some point they hit an invisible barrier that blocks any further upward movement. "Below this barrier, women are able to get promoted; beyond this barrier, they are not". Such a situation can be considered a limiting case for a more general phenomenon: situations in which the disadvantages women face relative to men strengthen as they move up executive hierarches.

"Traditional approaches to recruitment, organization and job design, performance management and promotions are often designed in ways that are more suited to men than to women. This is what creates the glass ceiling". Beyond the limit of job titles, the glass ceiling also creates a pay difference between men and women performing the same work requirements.[1: Baxter, Janeen, and Erik O. Wright. "The Glass Ceiling Hypothesis." Http:// Web. 4 May 2014. ][2: Santinon, Joanna. "The Debate: Why the Glass Ceiling Is Bad for Business." Business Reporter. 26 June 2013. Web. 04 May 2014. ]

"The history of the Glass Ceiling Commission dates back to 1986 when Wall Street Journal reported a pattern of highly accomplished women being passed over for upper-level promotions due to an invisible barrier". The term "glass-ceiling" first entered America's public conversation almost two decades ago, when the Corporate Woman column from The Wall...