Why Aren't There More Girls in Leadership Roles

Why Aren’t Their More Girls in Leadership Roles
Is there an unbreakable barrier that keeps us women from rising to the upper rungs of the
Corporate ladder? "The Glass Ceiling Effect," is it possible for us to break through the glass and
Prove our achievements and self-worth? Alternatively, is it myth or reality, are we held back
Through gender inequality? Are we less effective, or does society expects us to be?
Growing up in my family, my mom stayed home and took care of us children, and my
Dad was the hard-working breadwinner.   I grew up thinking this is how life was supposed to be.
The 1970's began a time when women were just stepping forward to be independent, leaving the
role as full-time mother and into working roles. The term "Glass Ceiling," today can be
interpreted in different ways. Some think that it is the woman holding herself back, and some
feel that it is the force of gender inequality.
The term Glass Ceiling, originally introduced in 1979 by Katherine Lawrence of Hewlett-
Packard at the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press Conference. This was part of an
ongoing discussion of a clash between written policy of promotion versus action opportunities
for women at HP. The term was brought about by Lawrence and HP Manager, Maryanne
Schrieber. Why are so many women in the workforce being held back regardless of their
qualifications and or achievements? Is it due to performance? Biology? Not bold enough? These
are just a few of the current arguments.

There are many different beliefs as to what holds women back, Facebook's COO Sheryl
Sandberg stated in a 2010 interview that women systematically underestimate their abilities; that
they do not negotiate for themselves, and they do not attribute their success to outside resources.
She also went on to offer advice for women, "Sit at the table, and make your voice heard."   Not
everyone agrees with Sheryl Sandberg's belief...Sue Paish CEO of Pharmasave Canada and Chair