Updated: Aug 11, 2019
"Escaping the escape"
Loving Beyond Glass Ceilings
Many of us experience the effects of a glass ceiling. A concept that says there's an invisible ceiling between an employee and how high they can climb up the corporate ladder. Many women, in particular, feels these glass ceilings more than men and with just cause. Dr. Voyles is a professor at SIU-E who reports that in 2007, women made up 46 percent of the labor force but only held 3–5 percent of top executive positions. She defines the "glass ceiling" effect as when qualified individuals are prevented from truly achieving all they can because of discrimination. An analysis of various situational vulnerabilities reveals one challenge facing our society: patronize organizations with glass ink or patronize healing agents with cool cushions.
New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds while there is plenty of evidence that sexism has prevented many talented women from achieving their full potential at work, there are factors beyond gender discrimination in the workplace that are obstacles for women. An analysis of situational vulnerability in the workplace reveals that many talented people are not on the table of consideration when it comes to work promotions and the economy suffers for it. The vulnerability of these situations can even lead to post glass ceiling trauma (PGCT) symptoms. PGCT symptoms are hypothetically like soldiers who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dr. Voyles (2019) defines process loss as any element of a group situation that detracts from the group's performance. In other words, an element like inequality that prevents acceptance into a group is a process loss. Other elements might be talking too much in class, parking outside of the lines in a parking lot, and texting while driving. A process loss is a wrinkle in the potential of production. Losses are due to a faulty process. A process loss occurs when the best talent for a promotion to the next level at an organization is not even considered because of a glass ceiling within that organization. Whereas actual production is the potential of productivity by including everyone equally who is qualified to be in the discussion of promotion.
An analysis of the situational vulnerability in one's career is concerning because it reveals a glaring truth - everyone deserves to feel safe and secure in their line of work. Yet, not all women have that safety and instead, most have insecurity.
A movie entitled Erin Brockovich shattered the glass ceiling and her PGCT syndromes. In the movie Erin Brockovich, Julia Roberts plays the leading lady. A character who worked in a law firm and was the mother of three who discovers people are being poisoned by their water supply by a powerful company. The fact that this is a true story is, in a way, bitter sweat. Erin Brockovich faced two glass ceilings. One invisible barrier in her career at work in the law firm and another in negotiations with opposing counsel. But in the end, she alone tied together to leg-work, case law and negotiation tactics to win the case for her clients. According to Palmieri (2016), it's proof that people who are situational vulnerable can indeed love past these barriers and save other people's lives.
Loving Beyond Glass Walls
Many of us have experienced the effects of a glass wall in our community. A concept that says there's an invisible line between a citizen and how far they can go in their travels. Many people feel these glass walls and with just cause. When I was younger and growing up on the not so rich side of town, I could feel this glass wall between my neighborhood and the nicer neighborhoods. It felt odd to cross the tracks and walk down the sidewalks of a better neighborhood. It felt stressful as a child to try and think that I could kick-it with the groups of other kids who were better off. And it was paralytic to think about expressing that there was usually no phone at my house, no running water, not much money, and not much food. An assessment of a personal glass wall reveals that this stress is real. To this day it's doesn't feel comfortable talking about it or going to the nicer places in society.
In the hilarious movie Trading Places, Eddie Murphy plays a funny homeless man who switches places with a well-to-do finance guy played by Dan Aykroyd. As the story begins, the Duke brothers (played by Mr. Bellamy and Mr. Ameche) make a wager. What would happen if a rich person like Winthorpe switched places with the lowliest person on the streets of Philadelphia?
With a few slick moves, Winthorpe finds himself in jail and Billy Ray (played by Eddie Murphy) finds himself in the mansion, which belonged to the Duke brothers after all. Both have crossed this glass line. At first, Billy Ray isn't used to the place and "steals" things. He invites some friends over for a party. But it doesn't take long for Billy Ray to scream at his friends: ''Hey, hey, hey - have you people ever heard of coasters?'' Meanwhile, the newly homeless Winthorpe has found his way to a pawnshop and tries to peddle what he claims is "The sports watch of the '80's!''
Truth be told, everyone deserves to feel safe and secure in their communities. An analysis of the situational vulnerability as far as one's place in society reveals that there are differences that people feel. Whether one is perceived as being on "the right side of the tracks" or is perceived as being on "the wrong side of the tracks," it's obvious that both sides feel the effects.