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Mothers on the Fast TrackHow a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers$
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Mary Ann Mason and Eve Mason Ekman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182675.001.0001

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Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Forty to Sixty-Five and Beyond

Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Forty to Sixty-Five and Beyond

(p.90) 6 Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Forty to Sixty-Five and Beyond
Mothers on the Fast Track

Mary Ann Mason

Eve Mason Ekman

Oxford University Press

This chapter notes that even persistent, successful women will fall short of reaching the very top leadership positions in their field, and most will not be paid equitably. In all of these professions, there is a well-documented disparity between the pay that senior men and senior women receive. Wall Street Journal coined the term “glass ceiling” to describe the apparent barriers that prevent women from reaching the top of the corporate hierarchy. The elusive top leadership positions are sometimes referred to as the “second glass ceiling,” acknowledging that while many women have achieved powerful positions which were originally beyond their grasp—professor, partner, editor—many more have failed to rise to the pinnacle leadership positions. Women can expect equal treatment with men as students but not equal representation in the faculty or in other top leadership roles.

Keywords:   top leadership positions, successful career women, Wall Street Journal, women students, senior women

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