GLASS CEILING; GLASS ESCALATOR
Invisible but there
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Easier to see through than to go through
The word “glass” in both metaphors is not an accident.
If you have ever tried walking through a closed glass door (well cleaned), you will relate. Like a glass escalator, it is invisible.
The barrier is there, but not easy to see.
The two metaphors refer to people in jobs that are traditionally assigned to the other gender.
Women find it difficult to get promotions (to executive, decision making level) and men, relatively, find it easier.
Both relate to the observation that men tend to be promoted more often than women, whether the jobs are gender stereotyped or not.
Prejudice, bigotry and discrimination are here based on sex, and are conceptually similar to those based on other biological characteristics, age and race.
If you systematically and arbitrarily exclude categories or persons from decision making positions, ie management and executive level, then the overall level of economic decision making will be hindered.
This means the economy will not work at its potential.
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