Southern University College of Business E-Journal


The purpose of this descriptive and informative study is to determine whether women are breaking through the glass ceiling today in business. This informative report presents a synthesis of research from 63 writers over the past 25 years. We also wrote a brief review of 22 different commentaries about the glass ceiling. Although there is some evidence that the glass ceiling is cracking in many institutions, women continue to be under-represented in senior leadership. Many research articles continue to emphasize the need to reduce institutional bias through overhauling hiring and promotion practices and training awareness of implicit cognitive bias. Leader responsibility through role modeling and mentoring have also been highlighted as interventions to promote gender equity. Selection and promotion decisions should be made by those people who understand how to avoid bias resulting from stereotypes and implicit assumptions. It is also suggested that men need to change their attitudes towards women in the workplace.

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