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Glass Ceiling At Workplace

Glass Ceiling At Workplace BY SHALINI SINHA (2013331) IMT NAGPUR 2013-15

BY SHALINI SINHA (2013331) IMT NAGPUR 2013-15

What is this Glass Ceiling?

What is this Glass Ceiling? • The term “glass ceiling” was first used by Carol Hymowitz

The term “glass ceiling” was first used by Carol Hymowitz and Timothy D. Schellhardt in their March 24, 1986 article in the Wall Street Journal, “The Glass Ceiling: Why Women Can’t Seem to Break the Invisible Barrier That Blocks Them from the Top Job.”

‘Glass ceiling’ refers to the notional barrier that women face when they attempt to gain access to the highest echelons of leadership.

A Reality or Myth? Reports and surveys indicate: •Women constitute 24 percent of the workforce
A Reality or Myth?
Reports and surveys indicate:
•Women constitute 24 percent of the workforce in India
• Only 5 percent of these reach the top layer, compared to a global average of 20
percent.

What women feel:

Till mid-level, the growth is inclusive for both genders. But the glass ceiling becomes more stark as they climb up the hierarchy in the company.

Women managers usually lack role models at the workplace. They may look up

to male leaders, but they cannot to help them navigate the challenges of female

stereotypes!

Corporate world argues:

Glass ceiling exists in the mind of the women.

Low representation of women in business schools which culminates into fewer

women in the corporate world.

Top leaders suggest that the onus must lie with women. They should stand by with determination and fight it out.

• Top leaders suggest that the onus must lie with women. They should stand by with

Researchers argue:

Researchers Alice H. Eagly and Linda L. Carli argue that the obstacles women face at the workforce are more aptly described as a “labyrinth” than a “glass ceiling”.

According to them, it is not a single obstacle that women run into at a particular level of the hierarchy.

The Labyrinth:

Stereotyping certain jobs as “feminine” and senior leadership roles as “masculine”

Exaggerated notions about women’s leadership

Juggling with family demands

Isolation from informal networks at work

Lack of female role models at workplace

The Road Ahead For Women
The Road Ahead For Women
 

Realise your worth!

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said, ‘You can’t lead from the

crowd’

Be willing to rock the boat

Women must not let themselves be intimidated

Embrace risk as crucial to your success

How organisations can help:

Facilitate networking with other women in leadership roles

Avoiding tokenism in work teams

Encourage career “customization” as per employee life stage

Thank You

Thank You