The Glass Ceiling Essay

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I can just imagine if I were to ask you today, have you ever heard of the glass ceiling? What would your response be? My guess is, never heard of it, and if you did you don’t exactly know what it is. Well, that was exactly what my response was. I had never even heard of the glass ceiling. I was having a conversation with a friend of mine and she mentioned it to me, and asked me if I ever heard of it. Like I said, I had never heard of it, and this intrigued me to find out exactly what the glass ceiling was/is. So, with this paper I am going to shed some light on the glass ceiling for you. According to (www.definitions.uslegal.com) glass ceilings are the artificial barriers that deny women and minorities the opportunities to advance with their careers. It is a higher management and executive level in a company to which females, African Americans, Latino’s, etc can’t rise. After discrimination by sex in the employment field was outlawed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it was understood that women would not be seen in top jobs in significant numbers in the highest positions decades later suggested that they faced persisting barriers-hence the perception of a “glass ceiling”. Even in the absence of a hidden barrier at some particular level, fewer promotional opportunities for women than of men for each levels produced an insufficiency of women at and near the top. When asked of a few people I know if the glass ceiling existed at their job, the response I got was a split. Either they didn’t know what the glass ceiling was, or they didn’t know if it existed. Out of the people I asked they stated that women were as capable as a man to handle senior executive positions. Most of the people answered that women were the same when it came to being effective in control of a company. Now, when asked if there was a wage difference between men and women more than

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