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Are career women their own worst enemies?

August 25, 2008

A recent international study suggests women in the U.S., Britain and China are the most likely to promote their interests in the workplace, but overall women are not doing enough to advance their careers.


Behavioral scientists say being able to draw attention to work contributions is easier for men, putting part of the blame on women for their reluctance to self-promote and ask for higher salaries.

Are women partly responsible for maintaining the glass ceiling in the corporate world?

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Why is there so much emphasis on women having to undertake major behavioural changes to be recognised for promotion and shattering the glass celing. Women by nature are different to men, less brash and more humble. They are task oriented. They are doers, not just talkers, they actually get the job done. I am sick of women being paraded to dress for success, what to wear, what to say and how to say it. Be yourself girls. If you are meant for leadership, the sheer notion of who you really are is the propellor for you. If someone else’s judgement keeps you suspended below the ceiling, jump off and move to another space.

Posted by Fay | Report as abusive

It is well experienced that,the women working groups are not maintaining the glass ceiling in the corporate world.They are too much aware overtly of their overworks.They do not compromise in the dedicative attitude,to perform any extra jobs in the offices.Always they express their reluctances and avoididing attitude towards non-designated jobs, if it were confered on them.On the otherhand,oftenly it has spectacularly been seen that,the men group perform the same being reluctant,partially.The women group always try to avail the advantage of escuse,as considered biologically and psychologically.In this present competitivive scenario,the corporate management have been facing an unovercomable dilema in this regard.The women,inthe corporate house of business,oftenly tries to do work very selfishly rather than professionally.Thus women’s career can not get ascended to the optimum lavel satisfactorily.


It depends on the field one is in

Being in the Advertising and Public Relations fields and having parents in the same field, I can say that things have changed dramatically for women in the past decade.

Many are no longer afraid to self promote and ask for appropriate compensation. This may be partly attributable to the Web and Web 2.0, as they allow for faceless quality creme to rise to the top regardless of gender


The challenge I face is not self-promotion; it is dealing with the snide remarks from my female co-workers when I do so. I have been a career woman my entire adult life, got an advanced degree, network like crazy, etc. The problem has been learning how to deal with my female co-workers who believe all those things mean I’m uppity. Of course, that’s conveyed in a passive-aggressive manner. I’ve yet to find a solution other than moving on to another job.
Yes, the glass ceiling is still there, however, on a day-to-day manner, women have done just as much to hold me back. I know all the reasons why — sexism, multiple pressures on women, blajh, blah, blah. The explanations do nothing to change the situation, and frankly, after dealing with this sh*t for 30 years, I’m tired of it.

Posted by Italiana | Report as abusive

I believe women are more of promise-less-deliver-more of an attitude. There are millions of women who have excelled in various fields more than their male counterparts. Reluctance to self-promotion may not be at all negative for the female workers since they do make sure their contributions are made known in every organization they are working with.


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