The Glass Ceiling Still Pertinent In Modern Day

The Glass Ceiling Still Pertinent In Modern Day

An analysis of the gender pay gap and sex discrimination.
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Contrary to what media platforms may suggest, women are very much discriminated against within the professional work force. As you grab your morning coffee and pick up a copy of the Daily News, it is not uncommon to come across headlines such as: Women Gain Numbers, or Women in Business Have Come A Long Way!

Now, have we seen significant progress since the first wave of feminism in the 1920’s? Yes. However, media portrayals such as these influence individuals’ beliefs in the sense that they think the fight for equality amongst gender in the workplace has been won, and sadly, we are not even close.

Similar to many other topics regarding the feminist movement, including feminism itself, there are various interpretations of the glass ceiling. I happen to agree with Ann Morrison, who describes the glass ceiling effect as, “a barrier that is so subtle it is transparent, yet so strong that it prevents women from moving up the corporate hierarchy.” According to the Women’s Institute for Policy Research, the gender pay gap is still around 21.4 percent, which translates into approximately a $10,000 difference.

When tackling this issue, we should consider three major obstacles women face within the work force: discrimination, sexual harassment and legislation. In a Wall street journal study, 70 percent of women reported feelings of unequal pay comparatively to men, along with not being taken seriously, and not given any regard in terms of promotion. Seeing as though men dominate the corporate population, it is no surprise that they choose those similar to themselves, leaving women marginalized and alienated. There is this notion that women can strive to reach the top, and that is true, to an extent.

My question is: how far can they rise before smacking their head against the glass ceiling?

I’m sure any woman in the world reading this can recall a time where she was whistled at or cat called, touched without permission, and/or made to feel uncomfortable in her own environment due to sexual comments or “jokes.” Sadly, this holds truth within the professional world as well. Contextually, sexual harassment describes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Furthermore, it is a form of sex discrimination that violates the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Stated in Women’s Magazine in 1988, 90 percent of large corporations report sexual harassment complaints from female employees. However, of that 90 percent, only 20 percent are terminated. More recently, a 2015 Huffington Post article stated that one-in-three women between the ages of 18 and 34 will face sexual harassment in the work place on a regular basis.

Often when I discuss this issue, I receive responses like, "Well, what are the women doing about it?" "They can fight back." " Maybe if they didn’t wear form-fitting clothes in the office, they wouldn’t have this problem." The reality is when it is reported, it either takes a substantial amount of time for consequential action, or it is not addressed at all. Additionally, there is an unwelcomed amount of shame felt by women who experience this, and often suffer in silence. Sometimes, women are merely afraid of losing the position they have worked so hard for in the first place.

Know that the reality of gender inequality is hard-hitting, and sometimes discouraging for women who wish to pursue a career in high ranked corporate positions. However, being aware of current statistics and studies is crucial to fighting for advancement and equality. And we have to keep on fighting, because the battle has not been won.

Yet.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Republicans Set The Bar Low By Allowing Trump’s AG To Cover Up For Russian Collusion

He is withholding information the American people should be demanding to see right now.

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For two years, Americans were kept in suspense by the Mueller Investigation because we became unsure what the final report was going to say. It seems we are still waiting in the dark because Donald's Trump new Attorney General (who he chose specifically for the purpose of saving Trump from collusion) is preventing the Mueller report from being presented to everyone. Bill Barr is concealing information that the American people have the right to see and read about. After all the time they have spent waiting, this report should be released immediately.

The American people have lost time, money, and patience for this report to be released, and now this moron is planning to reveal this information during the time when all of the Senators are going on Easter Break, and therefore will not be available to see the report. It seems Trump's Attorney General has a history of covering up for U.S presidents. In 1992, there was a report by the New York Times in which Bill Barr got the name "Cover Up General Barr" because he took part in hiding evidence of President George H.W. Bush's connection to the Iran-Contra Scandal. It finally came to an end, when Bush pardoned the six people that were involved in the scandal.

Trump is not hiding the fact that Barr is being used to cover up his crimes of obstructing justice and colluding with Russia during the 2016 election. According to the Huffington Post, Trump did not just appoint William Barr for Attorney General, he also hired Barr's son-in-law to work as an attorney for the White House Counsel's office. Barr's son-in-law Tyler McCaughey stirred up controversy when he left the Justice Department to work for Trump.

Barr has refused to give the full unredacted Mueller report to Congress. He also will not request approval from the court to give the American people grand jury material and has also kept silent on whether or not the White House has reviewed or been briefed on the report, which shows that he is covering-up for Trump.

Bill Barr said during his Senate Appropriations hearing that he believed the Obama administration along with other intelligence agencies "spied" on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. During his testimony on Wednesday, Barr spoke like Donald Trump, dressed like Steve Bannon, and had a meltdown like Brett Kavanaugh. According to a report which summarizes the hearing, he also tried to act like Roy Cohn, who (during the years Trump was starting as a real estate developer in NYC) trained Donald Trump to control the system and break laws.

The American people should not tolerate dumb, spineless, and heartless crooks that threaten the safety of this nation for their own personal gain. America should keep fighting until these criminals are locked up for obstruction of justice. If we vote to remove them out of office, there might still be a chance to save this country.

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