The Glass Ceiling Is An Unseen Essay

1668 Words Nov 30th, 2015 7 Pages
The meaning of ‘The Glass Ceiling’ is an unseen, yet unbreakable barrier, keeping women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder and from earning equal wages to men. Currently, in the UK, women are earning 82p for every £1 earned by men doing exactly the same job as them (The Independent 2014).
Many have speculated as to whether the glass ceiling actually exists, and if so, whether it can, or will ever be, broken. To define what has created the glass ceiling is very difficult, and it is impossible to determine exactly what role the media plays in this. The media represents women generally as inferior to men, the weaker sex. They are generally portrayed as objects of male desire, especially in advertisements, with smaller less important roles than men.

When it comes to looking at why the glass ceiling exists, we must look at our knowledge systems or discourses of gender and gender roles, and what is seen as socially acceptable for men and women, because it is through these that people refer to when it comes to deciding how much a woman gets paid, or who gets promoted. Our knowledge systems of gender today are largely constructed by the media, through TV shows, films, advertisement, and even children’s toys.
Within the media, TV programmes such as ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘Devious Maids’, and even ‘reality’ shows such as the series of ‘The Real Housewives’ enforce the gender stereotype that has been constructed previously. For example in ‘Desperate…

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