The Glass Ceiling Effect

Recently an article in the Globe and Mail caught my attention. The article is called “Top jobs remain out of reach for women in banking,” and its written by Janet McFarland. The article describes how Canada has never had a woman at the head of one of the country’s big five largest banks.

Even though the banking sector has made big push for diversity over the past decade and has launched programs to hire and promote women and minorities in management ranks. Those programs have helped swell the numbers of women in middle-management tiers, but not at the executive level.

The whole article made me think of the glass ceiling effect and how it still holds true for women today. The glass ceiling effect is when the advancement of a qualified person within the hierarchy of an organization is stopped at a lower level because of some form of discrimination, most commonly sexism or racism. The fact is we live in a patriarchal dominated society where women are subject to a disproportionate amount of violence, sexism, and lower paying jobs.

I have often thought that men and women are now equal in Canadian society but it’s concrete evidence like this article that makes me snap out of it. As a woman in this generation I am always going to have to work harder than a man would to get the same levels of success.

In the article Prof. Dart argues, “We still have this crusty old structure where men promote men they know…It’s that kind of network which really makes it so difficult for women to make it all the way to top – I’m convinced of that.”

Even though women now out graduate men in academic institutions the fight for gender equality is not over, nor will it be for years to come.

By: Nicole johns


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