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People like to talk about how women have moved up in positions of power; how they don’t just hold the traditional mother/homemaker roles they used to hold in earlier times. Women have moved on, and they aspire to be also represented in positions of power and leadership, not only to be support staff forever. Nowadays people like to talk about how much women have achieved. Women are doctors and lawyers, but what people don’t bother to notice is that women in private practices make less than their male counterparts and women play second fiddle in big workplaces. Social Problems, A Down-To-Earth Approach, James M. Henslin, (2008) p. 308. Many women are doctors but how many run a clinic or a hospital? Women are lawyers, but how many are partners in law firms? Women have made some progress, but the glass ceiling hasn’t moved much in terms of leadership positions and equalizing income. Women are rarely the boss, and their salaries are on average 70% of what men earn in equivalent positions. Social Problems, A Down-To-Earth Approach, James M. Henslin, (2008) p. 306.
This is in no way more clearly shown than in politics. Social Problems, A Down-To-Earth Approach, James M. Henslin, (2008) pp. 303-305. People talk about how women have increased their representation in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, but why has this progress towards equal representation in national political institutions taken so long? In this election cycle women had two different women running for the two highest political offices in the land, for President and for Vice-President, but neither were ultimately successful in their bids. Currently there are 91 women in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, http://www.nwpc.org/ but this number is still way too low if we consider that women are the majority of the U.S. population and the majority of the voters. Social Problems, A Down-To-Earth Approach, James M. Henslin, (2008) p. 304.
I believe that the worst enemy of women are women themselves. We have not achieved more progress because we are deeply divided on issues between the right and the left. We need to look for common causes that will allow us to achieve positions of power in sufficient numbers that would really crack the famous “glass ceiling”.