Breaking The Glass Ceiling Summary

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The article entitled “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: African American Women in Management Positions,” written by author Aparna Mitra (2003), explains the labor market status of African-American women in supervisory and management jobs (Mitra, 2003). As the study progresses Mitra includes different problems that these women may face in the workplace. One particular table in this article shows how Black women can have a better education, and still receive a smaller pay wage compared to White women and Black men. Another problem included in this study is the fact that while there are women in supervisory and management positions, only a small percentage is African-American (2003). As Mitra identified the different problems these women face, the study concludes with the claim that these women are subjected to both racial and gender discrimination in the workplace. Women are one of the largest minority groups in society. Although this particular group is quite large, women are significantly under-represented. According to Ackers…show more content…
While pay wage is a big issue, sexual harassment can be said to be the most occupational hazard for working women. When discussing sexual harassment rates for African-American women, authors Nicole T. Buchanan, and Alayne J. Ormerod (2002), uses the term intersectionality to explain why the rates for Black women are higher than White Women. The authors explained that while women are victims of sexual harassment, Black women experience sexual harassment at a much higher rate because they are not only women, but also Black (Buchanan & Ormerod, 2002). This article gives good insight as to how the concept of intersectionality can explain the different types of inequalities African-American women face while working. Women within society face multiple problems, however women of color are especially more prone to experience different types of
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