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Have women broken the 'Glass ceiling'?

In all areas of society gender equality has become the norm. Gender equality implies that men and women should receive equal treatment. I think women have hit the glass ceiling but have not completely broken it down.
The movement towards Gender equality began in the early 19th century-The suffragette movement. This allowed women to vote and hold elected office. After the world war 2, the second wave of feminism began. This was known as the women's liberation movement. It argued for social and legal reforms for women and was concerned with equal pay , equal education opportunities, free contraception and abortion. These demands were met by the beginning of the 21'st century and the situation of women improved tremendously.
Britain has an equal pay act and sex discrimination act. Also, there are currently nineteen female heads of state. But still, women are not considered equal- a fact is that they are paid 15 percent less than men. The glass ceiling is what separates women from reaching equality. Although i think it is a matter of time in them breaking it.
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Closing Statement from Eeman Haider

Thankyou all for your comments!
I think gender equality is very important in order to build social cohesion. Around the globe, gender equality has made huge strides over the last few decades. This includes South Africa. However, we still suffer from some very strong and outdated attitudes towards differences in genders and the rights of men and women.
In my opinion in order to achieve gender equality, there must be an increase in literacy rates among women. And also by
promoting women’s political rights and participation.
We cannot claim social cohesion if women cannot move around freely or when girls cannot complete their education because of cultural restrictions or pregnancy.
I think that there should be a change in the concept that 'men are naturally more superior to women'.
This topic remains a debate around the world till now and there is no proper answer as to women reaching equality or not. But i truly hope for this discrimination to be ended for a more stable society.
Thanks again!

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    Nov 15 2013: Women working in fields still mostly dominated by men have a more difficult time earning and maintaining the respect needed to be considered for promotional opportunities. They not only have to compete in job performance but also on a mental playing field where men are making and changing the rules at will.
    A woman's view will more often be met with skepticism from her male higher-ups and she will more often have to fight harder for any of her ideas to get considered, let alone implemented.
    We may have the right to make equal pay and the right to work in any field we choose but the opportunities don't land in front of us as easily nor as often as they do for men.
    Please don't interpret that as opportunities for men come easy, I didn't say that. Men and women both have to work to achieve, I said "as easily" implying that there is a slight and sometimes significant degree of difference between the amount of work necessary for advancement in the work place.
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    Nov 15 2013: Don't women care to comment?
    • Nov 15 2013: Hahahaha i have been wondering the same thing.
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      Nov 15 2013: Women's situation is so different depending on the country or perhaps even the part of the country where they live, the type of education they received, the field in which they work, and the choices they have made regarding family and other life choices.

      If I think of my local medical center, the doctors seem to be balanced enough by gender that one doesn't notice a difference, but it could be that particular specialties draw the interest of more men and others more women in a way that may influence rate of pay.

      One needs to know the detail at a place to understand the underlying story.

      A person in a field in which technology changes rapidly will lose more by taking time off, whether for maternity, or for another reason that disrupts professional development, than a person in another field, though an employer may also prefer people who do not take periods of leave.

      Many women choose work arrangements that are compatible with their preferences with respect to time with children, rejecting work situations that involve over-long hours away from home or unpredictable demands. Being paid less or being given less responsibility for big projects may be the price for that flexibility. I know I chose a direction which could be compatible with how I raise children.
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    Nov 15 2013: i feel that we have a long way to go. coal miners, garbage collectors, truck drivers, car mechanics, security guards are almost exclusively men. we need to fix that.
  • Nov 15 2013: I believe women are still held back by motherhood. There is not enough law present that allows women to perform the crucial job of motherhood while being allowed to pursue her career as well. As long as women are limited by this it will always be hard for them to reach equality. And I am not saying motherhood is bad. It is the lost important job in any society, but it requires so much effort that women cannot perform two jobs at once without government assistance or understanding from their employers.
    • Nov 15 2013: I totally agree with you Stephen. Even when women take maternity leave, they come back to work and their peers have gotten promotions and this results in them lacking in their field.
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      Nov 15 2013: and how would you change that situation? be specific.
  • Nov 15 2013: Depends where you live.

    In some countries, especially the developed world, women have achieved something which is very close (albeit still requires some work) to equality, under the law at least if not under social norms.
    In certain other countries, not so much.
  • Nov 15 2013: Women are not only breaking the Glass Ceilings but they are also breaking the hearts with broken pieces of Glass Ceilings.Both men and women must be treated equally but the whole mumbo jumbo of pseudo equality is creating lot of problem in the society where gender war is one of them.

    If a women earns Rs X or $ X salary then her tendency is to look for a life partner who earns Rs 2X or $ 2X.