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Hi, I am currently in a cultural anthropology class at my college, and I decided to do my term paper on women in business and the "glass ceiling". I would really appreciate any information, or tips you can guide me to in my research. Thank you, Stephanie

Thanks 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 still remain:

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 Catalyst--an 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.


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