We obviously face a lot of discrimination when it comes to the glass ceiling.
In an article, titled, Gender discrimination comes in many forms for today’s working women, Parker (2017) and Funk (2017) state, “About four-in-ten working women (42%) in the United States say they have faced discrimination on the job because of their gender” (para. 1). Within this article, the authors provide an insightful graph that shows a percentage of women to men who have faced certain descriminations within a workplace setting. A couple of examples include: 7% of women verses 5% of men being denied a promotion, 7% of women verses 4% of men being turned down for a job, 10% of women verses 5% of men being passed over for the more important work assignments, etc.
Now imagine, being well qualified for an upper management position but being looked over because of your gender.
The biggest discrimination we face is the gender pay gap. And yes, I said pay GAP. Imagine doing the same job as your male associate, but making less money. Sounds crazy, right? Well it happens, every day. According to my research, women in professional specialty occupations earn 72.7% of what men in the same position earn and women in upper level executive, administrative and managerial occupations earn even less at 72.3%. I also found that by the age of 65, the average working women will have lost more than $430,000 over her working lifetime. That’s the price of a house or a few fancy cars, imagine that.
Next time we will discuss what careers and at what point, women are hitting the glass ceiling most often.