Redefining the Glass Ceiling

Paul Gale-Baker - Who's Running Your Business?

Woman trapped by glass ceilingMany women say that the glass ceiling holds them back significantly in their profession. This ceiling is composed of many different elements, from entrenched negative beliefs about women’s abilities to continuing discomfort in some quarters at women appearing in roles formerly filled by men.

There is unquestionably serious occupational discrimination against women in Australia. The majority of women are employed in occupations with primarily female workers. Relatively few women are in positions of leadership, so that the few who are stand out and can give a distorted picture of the reality. Quite rightly, dealing with the problem has lead to a focus on external measures to redress the gender imbalance.When attempting to deal with the limitations to women advancing into leadership positions, most attention goes to external factors. Quotas are set, rules are rewritten and other affirmative actions are taken, or at least paid lip service.

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