Sunday, September 19, 2010
I'm thinking about writing my research paper on the glass ceiling. I have hesitations about this, and I'll tell you why. I want to approach it from a viewpoint that in the last 10 years the glass ceiling has been challenged and shattered in some cases. I want to believe that it is becoming more and more obsolete. My concern on this topic is will I be able to find the research in periodicals and journals with it being a relatively recent time frame or will I only be able to reference websites? I tried to log into EBSCO host through the library website but alas, in this tech age, I have to physically walk into the student union building to some office I've never heard of to fill out a paper form and show photo id to get a card that has a number on it that I can use to log into the online library. So much for the modern age. I'm digressing. Back to my topic. I am hesitant to choose the glass ceiling topic for this big reason. I am female. I do not like to use any excuse for not succeeding. I want to believe that I hold my own destiny in my hands not that someone else my feel that I should be successful just because I'm female and they need to fill a quota. I'm insulted at that line of thinking. I am perfectly capable of working and earning my way to any position that I desire to achieve. If I do not achieve a goal, I have no one to blame but myself. That being said, I've never really worked at a place that I felt viewed females as lesser employees than males. I am pleased that I can say that. Also, I am pleased that where I work now, the general manager is female and very good at her job. I am the office (usually female) and production (usually male) manager. I hold a hybrid position and have had no difficulties doing both jobs because of being female. We have several male managers as well. In fact I feel we have a good mix. We all seem to work well together and I think the dynamic of personalities work well together too.