The glass ceiling. A business practice which caused women sleepless nights and an enduring sense of frustration for decades. We always knew that we were great at our jobs; that we poured our hearts into our work and gave maximum effort each day. Many of us had even spent many years in college or technical training. For some reason though, that never seemed to be given much consideration. Our enemy appeared to have the upper hand.
At every turn our nemesis would taunt us with logic that went like this: “we shouldn’t invest too much time and effort in you. After all you’ll lose interest in a career once you’ve become a mother.” Or the misguided notion that “we only worked to get out of the house, while our spouses made the ‘real’ money.” Every once in a while, one of us—like an expert dancer— would display her agility by side-stepping these chauvinistic notions and breaking through.
We would rejoice even while continuing to hear remarks like: “They only gave her the job so they could meet a quota.” We continued to persevere though and things started to change on ever-wider scales. For the better.
Cracks in the Ceiling
We as women always knew we could, we just started seeing it more and more. Success in business even became common. Today, our enemy is on the run—but we still have a ways to go. For instance, while there are more women in real estate than men, statistics show that there are more men in broker-ownership/ management. Business Insider says: “Real estate is among the top U.S. professions where men are paid more than women for performing the same job… women earn $66 for every $100 earned by males.”
I’d love to see this reality become obsolete. I’d also love to see more women in positions of power (whether they be in real estate or otherwise).
To put it bluntly, I feel that women still struggle from the effects of the centuries-old belief that men alone are “scions of power;” and unfortunately, some of us may even actually believe this false premise. Sure society is partly to blame, but so many attitudes are shaped by home life.
Since I’ve never felt diminished as a woman in business or life, I’ve raised my daughters accordingly; and I’d like to think that because of this they now believe that they can become whatever they choose to be.
The Future is Female
So is the future really female? I think we’re heading in the right direction! However, fighting a battle in the mind is always more difficult than one in the boardroom. We need to continually see ourselves– and each other– as equal to the tasks we’ve chosen. We’ve come a long way. Now let’s finish the journey! Remember that we almost had a woman in the most powerful job in the world… that’s a lot to live up to.