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In countries such as Brazil Bangladesh Cyprus Macao Malaysia the Republic of Korea and Singapore women earn 60 percent less than what men earn 256 Although US figures arent as extreme as these women face discrimination in the workplace In 1999 women held only 51 percent of top executive management positions and only 33 percent of companies highest paid workers were women 256 The term glass ceiling is used to describe the situation in which qualified women aspire to fill high positions but are prevented from doing so by the invisible institutional barriers 256 Discrimination of women in the workplace is a result of mens power and their reluctance to give up resources and their control over women and can be summed up for women of corporate America by looking at four categories First the quality of womens work tends to be undervalued Frequently studies asking participants to assess a piece of work have found that it is evaluated less favorably when said to have been done by a women than when the same piece is attributed to a man 257 Although the tendency to favor a mans work is not always found when differences in evaluation are found they tend to favor men Further womens successes tend to be attributed to luck and competent women are sometimes described as unfeminine Societys distrust in womens abilities results from the stereotypical roles which label women as less assertive and expert than men A second form of discrimination of women in the work place involves making unjustified assumptions about womens values Whereas men are assumed to have values that tend to perpetuate the system womens values are assumed to challenge it Felicia Pratto and her colleagues conducted a study testing the status of the positions for which men and women were most likely to be hired They found that women were favored to fulfill hierarchy-attenuating jobs jobs that seek to change the system or improve the lot
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