Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bettendorf Economics Blog: Assignment: Are men to blame for the 'Glass Ceiling' for women? (Due Thurs, 4/20)

      Are men to blame for the glass ceiling? “In 2005, 60% of women were in the labour force; ten years later, this ratio had edged up only slightly to 63% (it was 80% for men in both years).”( The Data Team, The economist 2017). This mean that less jobs are given to women and more are be given to men. Men are taking jobs that could go to women. The field should be leveled to stop men from having the glass ceiling.

      Men are not to blame for the glass ceiling. The glass ceiling is defined as “: an unfair system or set of attitudes that prevents some people (such as women or people of a certain race) from getting the most powerful jobs”( Merriam-Webster.com, 2017). The system is not unfair to women by man's fault, women have equal opportunity in America to get a job. The only thing that shifts the balance one way is maternity leave and even that is a stretch.

       In my opinion men are not to blame for the glass ceiling. The main reason for this is that we can’t be blame pad for something that does not exist. The reason why many believe it does is that men have higher paying jobs and usually the higher income end of a family. The men usually work hard to they can get more money for their family. Women will usually not strive as hard because their spouse already makes more money and provides for them. In one study done” According to a survey by management experts, the biggest obstacle on women’s climb to the top is their level of confidence – not their gender.”(Steve Doughty, Daily Mail 2011). This concludes that the problem is women lacking ambition and competition not men being sexist.

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