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The 'glass ceiling' phenomenon

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Introduction

'The Glass Ceiling' is a barrier to prevent women rising to the highest positions in an organization as a result of informal exclusionary practices (cited in Giddens 2002, pg, 552). These practices include sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and pregnancy discrimination. Explanations for the 'glass ceiling' phenomena derive from the stereotype of women into traditional roles. Many men still carry the attitude despite living in this modern day and age that women are not capable of higher managerial roles and that their place rightfully belongs at home along with the house-hold chores. ...read more.

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However maternity leave is viewed upon as an expense in terms of money and the valuable time that is wasted in order to fill the vacant position. The organisational structure is another barrier that women have to contend with for it is evident that most firms are male dominated and huddle together when it comes to after work social activities, thus leaving the woman to feel as an out cast. ...read more.

Conclusion

Those few who are successful in making it are then dealt the blow of being paid substantially less then their male counterparts. This as a result shows just how wide spread the undervaluing of women's work really is. The article also states that with women making up fewer than one in five of the four hundred top chief executives surveyed, the findings suggest that women still face widespread sexism in the public sector workplace, with the "glass ceiling" still firmly in place. ...read more.

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