Is there any sense in mind that there are barriers to women’s advancement in the firm? When we talk about modern society we imply the equality of all people. When we talk about modern business world we imply that in this domain there is no place for prejudices. So why such phenomena called glass ceiling exists? In this paper I would like to discuss company that has certain issues that pertain particularly to women. So what does the term glass ceiling mean? According to Wikipedia The term glass ceiling refers to the observation that top-level management in businesses consist predominately, if not exclusively, of a certain demographic. A “ceiling” is suggested because persons outside the dominant demographic group are evidently limited in how far they are able to advance inside the organization ranks; the ceiling is “glass” (transparent) because the limitation is not immediately apparent. The “glass ceiling” is distinguished from formal barriers to advancement, such as education or experience requirements.
The existence of the glass ceiling is frequently cited as a failure of existing anti-discrimination action. (Glass ceiling, May 16, 2006) There are other terms connected with glass ceiling (glass elevator, glass cliff, glass floor) but their meaning have no value for our discussion. Work and career. For some women these words mean nothing, others laid their lives for gaining position, for climbing a ladder. Women came in all spheres of business, they work hard and still something is holding them back. Mary-Ann Stephenson states Between 1974 and 1998 the number of women company directors increased by a stunning 600 per cent.
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An example of women smashing through the glass ceiling? Proof that women have now finally got it all? Well, not exactly. By 1998 the number of women company directors had increased to an all time high of 3.6 per cent! Less than four in every hundred directors are women. The situation is slightly better in lower management grades, nearly one in five (18 per cent) of all managers are women. (Smashing through the glass ceiling) The problem is that women are not neglected and some chance for career is given to them. It helps to create semblance of equality of possibilities and at same time it creates a so called glass ceiling for women. In other words you can get only what they want to give you.
No more, no less. A shareholder resolution at Walmart this year asked the company to report on the steps management had taken to remove it’s “glass ceiling,” referring to artificial barriers to the advancement of women into management positions. The resolution gaining only 5.05 percent support, making it ineligible for resubmission next year, an indication that the glass ceiling is as solid as ever. (Glass Ceiling Still Unshattered, August 24, 2000) Big company, great possibilities, great prejudices and offences based upon primitive chauvinism. How often Ive heard from men phrases like this: Yes, undoubtedly she is a good worker and does her work nicely, but she is married and has two children. She wouldnt be able to place high emphasis on work, it is naturally, she is just a women And condescending smile which points that conversation is finished. Yes, just a women fragile, tender and able to do as much as it is possible for her, and even more than that.
Lets overview main utilitarian and deontological considerations. Women are more ethical than men, because they rely more heavily on deontological norms. Women are more utilitarian in their approach to ethical dilemmas, etc. And still these facts dont influence much on those who distribute positions and give promotions. According to Mary-Ann Stephenson Unfortunately discrimination still seems to be a problem at senior levels, particularly when appointments are made informally without a proper recruitment procedure. But one of the biggest barriers to women is the long hours expected of senior managers, which make it difficult to combine a management role with other responsibilities, particularly children. (Smashing through the glass ceiling) Barriers for womens careers exists in deeply rooted persuasions that women is tender and fragile creature, she is not able to work.
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But because of women glass ceiling will be shattered someday. Bibliography Mary-Ann Stephenson, Smashing through the glass ceiling. Retrieved May 29, 2006 from http://www.ivillage.co.uk/workcareer/ Glass ceiling, Wikipedia, May 16, 2006. Retrieved May 29, 2006 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_ceiling Glass Ceiling Still Unshattered, August 24, 2000. Retrieved May 29, 2006 from http://www.socialfunds.com/.