What is the Glass Ceiling Theory?
Definition: The United States Federal Glass Ceiling Commission defines the glass ceiling as "the unseen, yet unbreachable barrier that keeps women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements."
International Women’s Day traces its roots back to 1908, when 15000 women marched the streets of New York to stand up for their rights. It’s 2018 and things have changed quite a bit since then. The tenacious struggle by women for equal rights and recognition has resulted in a shift in a woman’s role in society.
Here‘s remembering a few women who have shown us time and again, that, there is no glass ceiling.
A British author and screenwriter best known for her seven-book series for children- Harry Potter. She has now sold over 450 million copies worldwide. But success didn’t come overnight to her. After countless nights fighting poverty, depression and despair. It took 5 years until the completion of first book, 12 rejections and 16 retakes on the first chapter, for her life to take a U turn. By the time the whole world was in awe of Harry Potter, her third and fourth editions had broken all the other best-selling book records. In 2011, Forbes estimated her total worth to be about $1 billion- making her the wealthiest author.
Despite her death 20 years ago, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the diminutive nun who became a symbol of charity, love and strength, is still influential across the world. Mother Teresa founded ‘Missionaries of Charity’ that has helped millions of people. The beloved spiritual icon, renowned humanitarian and tireless advocate for the poor, continues to inspire acts of generosity and kindness.
A Polish-French physicist and chemist, was the first person to have received two Nobel Prizes. Marie Curie faced discrimination as a woman in science, she fought back against gender stereotypes and went on to make amazing discoveries. Her work continues to have important scientific and clinical significance today. She was the first female professor at the University of Paris and the first lady to be enshrined in France's national mausoleum.
She is a professional tennis player who has been ranked No. 1 in the world on eight separate occasions. It’s no secret that often an athlete’s success lasts a couple of years (and sometimes, just a few matches), but for Serena age is just a number. With her dominance in the field for more than 20 years, she is the only player to win the “Serena Slam” (4 consecutive Grand Slams, in a row, twice; in a span of less than 10 years!).
DeGenres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist. Though there might be a few who don’t know Ellen, Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 in the United States for decades of activism and contributions to pop culture. “Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place — so long as we just keep swimming”, said Obama.
The president and chief financial officer of PepsiCo Indra K. Nooyi was born in India 1955. She grew up as a bit of a rule breaker in her conservative, middle-class world in an era in India where it was considered unusual for young women to exert themselves. Today, Nooyi is one of the top female executives in the United States, and is also believed to be the highest-ranking woman of Indian heritage in corporate America.
There are no shortcuts in life but we could always learn a little from the lives of these women. Success and recognition come to those who are bold like Nooyi , dream like Rowling, less afraid, more curious and decide to smash their problems, Serena style!
Wishing you all a very Happy Women’s Day!