Topics: Sexism, Gender, Economics Pages: 3 (1060 words) Published: April 17, 2013
Taynara Dos Santos
Ms. Rodrigues
AP Language and Composition
15 March 2013
History states that men were the founding fathers of our country- John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. What if history is holding back information when it was really women who found the country? Like they say,” Behind every great man there’s a great woman”. Women are usually discredited when truth is, they are the main contribution to our economy and government.

Since the time of Enlightenment in the 18th century, women began to realize that they were just intelligent as men. Men believed that women had a place at home, bearing children, and taking care of their husbands. When women really started to come out of their shells, men tried even harder to keep them suppressed just as they always had been in society. Men disliked the fact that women were even considering doing something with their lives that did not revolve around pleasing them in some fashion. Women fought a long and hard battle, but things did start to change for the better at the turn of the 19th century, when the government started to take part in helping women become equal. There is an unseen yet present boundary that keeps women from rising to the top of the corporate world or any upper-level position regardless of their achievements- glass ceiling. According to “What's Worse -- Glass Ceilings or Glass Cellars?”, benevolent sexism, motherhood penalty and dominant negotiation paradigm all contribute to ongoing discrimination among women in the corporate world. When referring to benevolent sexism, it usually means that women are put on a pedestal but usually need men’s protection. Motherhood penalty is when mothers earn less and are seen to be less committed to work after having children. The dominant gender in the dominant negotiation paradigm would most likely be men. These factors impedes women from showing who they really...

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