February 25, 2013
Women continue to aspire for leadership positions in all ranges of authority in both the public and private sector. However it has not been easy. Historically, leadership roles have carried the belief of masculinity and the belief that men make better leaders than women. So therefore I believe that women are still facing challenging social and professional obstacles due to gender and that it might never change. Women also face a lot of different stereotypes which also makes it harder to gain equal status with men. And because of this, gender attitude shape the way people think about women both at home and the workplace. Some of the issues that women go through may never stop.
Although female leadership roles have increased, women still do not get recognition as much as a man do. Sometimes they go unrecognized or even overlooked as higher power. Despite efforts made to ensure that female representation is achieved at all levels of authority, women are still underrepresented in many government and non-government organizations like in politics. Women are outnumbered and underestimated to make big decisions just as good as men. A lot of women work hard to get to a high position but are forced to still be lower than a man. Women are less likely to be promoted over a male who is in strife for the same job. The common expression which has been used to describe this situation is “the Glass Ceiling.” This expression is meant to indicate a symbolic barrier in the corporate hierarchy where women are rarely allowed to pass. They are given many excuses as to why they are passed over for promotion, the main used reason is that a woman may become pregnant and leave the company to raise a family.
Most of us grow up assuming that gender roles and stereotypes are natural ways of being or behaving. It starts when we are born. A good example of stereotyping gender roles is to think about how babies are color coded, girls in pink...