Why does the glass ceiling persist

I read an interesting article positing a theory about lack of women in higher levels of leadership. If I were to summarize, I would say the author theorizes that women need to be both attractive AND competent, where men just need to be competent:


What do you think? Does that ring true?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Natalie
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 12:10:49

    I think it is that men need to be competent and tall, while women need to be competent and attractive. Except in politics – the women I can think of offhand that are in politics range average to smote with the ugly stick. In engineering, I think that notably attractive women are given a really hard time by the men, being presumed to be incompetent. I also think that a smart woman learns to tweak her presentation to her advantage, so as she rises in the ranks her attractiveness often grows. Mainly, I think we just can’t grow beyond antiquated social biases. Women are not raised to be leaders, hence there are few women in leadership.


  2. Chris
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 14:50:12

    On average taller men make more money and advance further faster then short men… I think general society is just that shallow a pool.


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