Welcome to “Cracking the Glass Ceiling™”
“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it has about 18 million cracks in it and the light is shining through like never before.” ~Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
The term “glass ceiling” originally referred to the invisible barrier to advancement for women and quickly broadened to include other minorities. Over time, other terms have cropped up to describe different, yet equally challenging barriers, i.e. barriers for women in law enforcement and military service (brass ceiling) and church leadership (stained-glass ceiling). The “concrete ceiling” describes the barrier minority women encounter, which is more solid and unyielding due to a combination of sexism and racism and the “bamboo ceiling” excludes Asian-descendants from executive and managerial roles. And then there is the “glass closet” which refers to the exclusion of openly gay men and women from certain jobs. More recently, glass ceiling has even been used in terms of youth engagement in local civic and political affairs. This “glass ceiling” keeps young people from making real change and diminishes their enthusiasm to be involved and engaged citizens. Regardless of who you are and what type of “ceiling” you face, the key to breaking through is to be informed, engaged and empowered.
This lifestyle and culture blog addresses a variety of topics relevant to women; however, I hope that everyone will benefit from the information, ideas, and advice within these pages. My goal is to inform and inspire all individuals as we crack the glass ceiling (and closet) for every person, one stiletto at a time!
This blog is dedicated to the past generations that paved the way and to future generations as a reminder that there is still much work to be done.
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