Is there such a thing as a Glass Ceiling? Women have grown up thinking that in business, life is much harder for woman to get to the top and will bring up the phrase a “glass ceiling”. This hard to break through barrier that stops women getting on in their careers and taking top jobs.
Yes there is a lack of women when you look at the political world leaders or the woman who appear on the rich lists, such as the recent Billionaires rich list, which includes a couple of women but their wealth has been inherited. But what is the real reason for the glass ceiling?
Personally I haven’t struggled with the glass ceiling, perhaps I just found a way to break through it and carry on with my career without letting anything getting in my way. The internet industry is a very male dominated sector but there are more and more women becoming leaders in the sector but should this be seen as anything unusual and should women be treated any differently?
A while ago there was a flurry of women only search conferences. But that just makes more of it, as the guys don’t hold men only conferences and why should there be any split between genders? If you are good at what you do then just get on and do it and integrate with the rest of the people in the sector whether they are men or women. I have always preferred working and socialising with men more than women as it’s a much friendlier environment, no bitching for starters, and everyone just gets on with what they need to. Crikey my worst nightmare would be working in an office or company that was dominated by women.
I feel that women create their own glass ceiling. If they want to work flat out then they can get to the same top positions as men do, but I think we inflict a limit on ourselves as to how far we want to go. For instance if a woman has children, and I have two, then no matter what I aim for in my career my maternal instincts will always take over and I have to think of the kids. There are of course alternatives, like I could pack off the kids to boarding school but what on earth is the point of that? Even though I have got two children I have still managed to get where I am today, maybe along the way I have had to work harder to get there due to my other commitments, but it hasn’t stopped me so far and as they get older working life gets easier.
Some women of course choose not to have kids and they can focus all of their attention on their career path but most women don’t have the acumen to work at such high levels in business or in industry to enable them to lead large teams and companies effectively. Women in their own makeup are naturally more caring people which is why certain sectors have a dominance of women where there is then a lack of men. There isn’t much we can change when it comes to biological factors but there is room for all of us to find the place that we fit into.
One of the women on the panel of Question Time tonight (which had a women only audience – why?) resigned from her high powered top job as she felt that she was “female window dressing”. I wonder though if the rest of her colleagues thought of her like that or perhaps she just couldn’t take the pace. It’s a very good excuse to pull the sexist card but I wonder when gender will stop becoming an issue in recruitment, promotion and business leadership?
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