Father Knows Best


Who you are writing to:

My audience is women and men who do not understand the issue of the glass ceiling and how

gender discrimination affects women in today’s society.

State your position:

I feel that Corporate America does discriminate against women, unknowingly.

Tell your purpose:

My purpose is to inform my audience of how gender discrimination affects women and what

needs to be done to help prevent discrimination in the future.

The appeals I use:

I am writing a position and proposal paper. I am using emotions, logic and statistics. I feel there

are some areas of ethics in my paper. The ethics part will have an effect on a person’s

feelings of discrimination toward women.

Pam Thomason
Professor Kenneth George

Principles of Supervision
September 29, 2000

Father Knows Best

Does Father really know best? In Corporate America, men seem to want full control. Our organizations have been created by men for men and they have great opposition to women infiltrating their management positions. Men have created glass ceilings for women in the workplace. A glass ceiling is an artificial barrier that allows women to see the top of the corporate ladder but at the same time denies them access to the higher rungs of that ladder. Women keep hitting their heads on the glass ceiling until they develop so many knots on their heads that eventually they give up on their goals and ambitions.
Father knows best! I don’t think so! More women today have higher education with higher grade point averages than men do. In 1999, women earned 57% of all bachelors’ degrees. The sad part is that more women today choose to receive degrees in law or medical careers than in corporate business careers. This is due to the lack of female role models in Corporate America. As of March 1999, women only represented 11.9 percent of corporate officers in America’s 500 largest corporations. Men have these jobs sewn up. Most of the 11.9 percent of the offices that women do hold are in positions in human resources or public relations. According to the Glass Ceiling Commission in a report published in 1995, women are frequently routed into career paths like customer relations and human resources because these jobs usually do not lead to a top corporate job. With the glass ceiling in place, women’s hard work and degrees do not pay off. Even with equal education, executive women earn $187,000 average where men, in the same job, earn $289,000 annually. Women do most of the invisible work in Corporate America. If this work were made visible, men in Corporate America would not receive all the glory for the jobs they have.
As you see, educational attainment is a key ingredient to shattering the glass. Women are beginning to see that the best way to get to the top of any type of business is to create their own business. In women owned businesses today, the women seem to accept any business background shortcomings and seek education and training before they take the leap. Women try to base their decisions on logic and on sound business decisions. They do not seem to “shoot from the hip” the way many men do in the business world.
In corporations that have dared to hire today’s businesswoman, it seems these women officials are easier to work with in a consensus team building environment. Women tend to offer higher wages to their employees and fight for better benefits for them as well. Women know the need for flexible hours, childcare, and better insurance. All in all, it seems that women understand the problems of their employees. They work hard to be number one and in turn make their employees feel like they are number one to them.
In most corporations today, the glass ceiling goes unnoticed and certainly unquestioned. Corporations boast of being a great place for women to work, but women are always middle management, not higher management. Women are only 2% of the top wage earners in Fortune 500 companies, according to the Department of Labor. Of these women executives, 60% of them are sexually harassed by male counterparts. Women hold only one seat in ten on boards of directors of companies. There are only two women CEO’s in America. Ironically, women comprise 45% of America’s workforce.