The Glass Ceiling Effect: Discrimination In American Society

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Women have come a long way in American society. Women have always been discriminated against, in both a sociological and political point of view, and it can still be seen happening today’s society, but to a lesser extent than before. The “glass ceiling effect” is one of the major ways we can see discrimination against women in the American society today; the glass ceiling is a barrier preventing further advancements and promotions in a profession, generally against women and minorities. Women are generally stuck at a low level position in their occupation and must overcome discriminatory barriers when trying to get a promotion. Men have dominated the top level jobs, as most CEO’s and upper management are men, while women are stuck on the lower…show more content…
This movie takes place in the 1960s during the civil rights era in America. Although the movie focuses mostly on racial inequality, there is also some gender inequality presented as well. The movie is about a white woman who writes a book about black maids who spend their lives taking care of white children, and the obstacles she faces in getting the book published. One comment made in the movie was that women during that time only went to colleges and universities to find husbands. After they find their husbands they get married, have kids and then stay home to take care of the kids while their husbands went out to work. This was a normal thing to do back then, as men were seen as the breadwinner of the family, the only one who should be bringing in money to the family. Eugenia Phelan was different, she went to university and got a degree and decided to do something with it. It was hard for her at first to get the book published because of the controversial topic: the lives of black maids. She eventually gets the booked published and shares her royalties with the maids that contributed to the book, and is offered a job at a publication company in New…show more content…
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