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The term the glass ceiling first came into use in 1986 when two Wall Street Journal reporters coined the phrase to describe the invisible barrier that blocks women from the top jobs in corporate America In the article The Corporate Woman the authors described a corporate world in which access to the top for women was blocked by corporate tradition and prejudice They wrote that the executive suite seemed within their grasp but they just couldnt break through to the top Among the reasons cited for the existence of the glass ceiling were the belief that women are too easily diverted form their careers by family The biggest obstacle women face is also the most intangible men at the top feel uncomfortable beside them Over the past thirty years women have made huge strides in the workplace however it is a rarity to find women holding the elite positions in the corporate world If the women who have already made it are to be believed numbers alone may not be enough Stereotypes myths and preconceptions still block women from advancing up the corporate ladder Women still encounter difficulty reaching the top rung attaining a certain level and then hitting a glass ceiling a phrase coined by an author in The Wall Street Journal back in 1986With womens unprecedented achievement in the workplace not only do women now make up nearly half of the labor force they are better educated than ever More than half 54 of all college graduates are women and many go on to earn advanced degrees In spite of their progress women in business still encounter invisible barriers The glass ceiling keeps the best and the brightest from reaching their full potential For example less than 10 of all senior management positions are held by women an extremely modest increase from the 3 of twenty years ago Clearly much needs to be done to increase these low numbers in the immediate futureWhile
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