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The myth of the "glass ceiling"

Is there such thing as a "glass ceiling"?

Season 1, episode 20
2 min / Published
By Evrard


Avivah Wittenberg-Cox explains that there is no "glass ceiling". The problem lies in the very first levels of management and she therefore invites us to try and attract women and to offer them advancement opportunities.

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The myth of the "glass ceiling" 

with Avivah Wittenberg-Cox 

Wittenberg-Cox feels that women are not rising up the ladder and then getting blocked. Instead, women are dropping off gradually at every step up. 


Women are a high percentage of university graduates—but as they move through their careers women are not being promoted into management as frequently. 

Companies need to realize that their entire management development system needs to be updated and reviewed in order to harness the talent of the 21st century—which is majority female. 

Instead of asking what's wrong with women, we need to ask what’s wrong with our companies. 

Apply this: 

  • Does the mix of women gradually drop off as you move further up in management in your organization? 
  • What is it about the organization that contributes to its gender mix in leadership, in terms of: 

- Criteria that managers are judged on? 

- Working conditions? 

  • What can the organization do to improve? 


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This episode is part of the Discover Advantages in Gender Differences series
How to overcome gender challenges in the workplace
Thrive by Embracing Difference
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This podcast series answers all sorts of deep questions that we face daily in our workplaces and asks us to reflect on how we can best embrace our differences and harness them for better performance.
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