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Glass ceiling: Can our women grow today?

What is the need for feminism today when women are no longer locked down in the four walls of Victorian households? Shouldn’t women stop complaining and start working? We’ve all heard it and, chances are, we are going to hear them in the coming years as well. While it cannot be ignored that women have made strides of progress in all the fields today, one cannot turn a blind eye to the gender disparities in the workplace. Alicia Sasser Modestino and Jamie Ladge sought to talk about the problems women face in their careers today, glass ceiling and more, and what is the way out for them, at a symposium held by the Northeastern University.
The symposium brought together dozens of researchers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers who have worked in the field for long years. Gary Powell, a management professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business, talk about how women and men tend to define success in different terms. While this is often seen as a hierarchical set of ambitions, she says that it is simply how men and women get professionally satisfied by different things.
“I can’t necessarily say that being a woman has prevented me from getting the banks to sign on, but I certainly don’t think it’s helped me,”, says Sarah Merion, founder of EthosWell. This is, probably, the best way to describe the situation women are finding themselves in today. While being a man adds of as a perk, being a woman offers no such privileges. Glass ceiling remains as a reality.
From talking about how women with children are seen as lesser competent in their professional spaces to discussing the gender pay gap and the glass ceiling that are still persistent in the USA today, the symposium brought to light many trends and patterns in lifestyle that have been taken for granted and normalised. It is high time that women stand up and question these for the light is not going to turn green by itself.
N Malavika Mohan