The Ubiquitous "Glass Ceiling"

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pennywit

Parachuting a woman into a top slot is probably one of the worst things that can be done, whether she's a figurehead or not. Do that, and you just breed resentment among the subordinates ... just like if anybody else is parachuted into a top slot without coming up through the ranks.

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Posted by pennywit on 11 March 2006 - 2:53pm
The simple sad fact

...is not that women haven't migrated much beyond that glass ceiling, but that so many men haven't matured much to accept it. There are quite a few men who just cannot, will not "take orders from a woman." If these men are not pleased, does that mean the woman in question has been "parachuted in"?

Look at how our culture treats women in power: very badly. Imagine if Donald Trump were female. Would she be feted, celebrated, given a tv show, forgiven for all those bankruptcies, all those callous business decisions? No, of course not.

Look at Martha Stewart. She's not much of a personality, it seems to me, but she was a billionaire running her own business. She gets snared in a maybe-kinda-sorta-possibly insider trading thing, and is sentenced not for any trading but for not being sufficiently cooperative, and her name is mud.

Meanwhile men who've faced similar tribulations continue their musical chairs around corporate boardrooms.

It seems the model for women's success is going her own way. Oprah is a powerhouse seemingly accountable to nobody but her own ratings.

Is it any wonder that most small businesses are started by women? How does one break the good ol' boy system when nobody ever gets experience being led by powerful women?

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Posted by media girl on 11 March 2006 - 3:52pm