for your note to FEMINIST.COM.
There are many layers to the
"glass ceiling"--for instance--women
can basically pursue any profession
and women in almost every profession
have been able to attain senior
positions. The initial problem
with the glass ceiling is that
certain professions were flat
out denied to women or there
was a limit to their seniority.
For instance, they were stopped
at middle managed. So while
that has changed, a few problems
1.) There are usually only a
few women compared to many more
men who make it to senior levels--therefore,
too few women are playing leadership
roles. For more on this you
should reference the work of
organization that works with
corporate American to make women
more visible in positions of
leadership and specifically
serving on the boards of corporations.
2.) When you look at industries
that are predominately women--compared
to those that are predominately
men--these tend to be lower
wage jobs and less appealing--social
work, child care, nursing. The
problem isn't that women shouldn't
want to choose these professions,
but with how we as a society
value these professions--for
instance, we attribute a greater
value to male dominated professions
though the skills required to
do each are the similar.
3.) Even when women are equal
to men in the workplace--they,
on average, still earn only
75 cents to the male dollar.
This is even greater when race
is a part of the equation.
I hope those points help. Good
luck with your paper.