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


Rate of Aborted Female Fetuses increases in India

Fetuses are being aborted at higher rates in India than ever before, new data from the national census have revealed a ratio of 914 girls for every 1000 boys, embarrassing a government with a nominal commitment to end discrimination against female children. This trend comes against an overall picture painted by the census of considerable progress in the country: Population growth has slowed, with fewer people being added in the past decade than the one previous.

This topic raises serious concerns about infanticide that is occurring in the most populated countries on the planet; India and China. “In 2011, to have sex ratios that are so pathetic – how can you talk about development?” states Ms. Sarojini a leading campaigner on the issue.

The gender selection issues all relate back to the anti-female bias that is rampant in patriarchal societies. Many times when baby girls are born they are forced to suffer neglect and lower education, that sometimes results in murder.

Although the government in India claims to be battling gender selective abortions they could be much more active in taking action against the issue. Gender inequality is still a huge factor in most of the world. Patriarchal societies enforce this and result in the mistreatment of women around the world. We need to fight back against gender inequality and keep the practice of feminism alive.

By: Nicole Johns