The term “glass ceiling” was coined in the late 1970s to describe the invisible barrier that kept minorities and women from moving up the corporate ladder and closing the gender pay gaps.
Each year, a new study is published detailing the evidence and hard facts: women continue to earn less than their male counterparts. The reasons cited ranged from gender bias (intentional or unintentional) to the lack of influence within powerful networks, such as the Good Old Boys Club.
It’s time we address these imbalances in our society. It seems as though we’ve become so numb to receiving less, that we’ve resigned ourselves to accepting the status quo.
I believe that glass ceilings were meant to be shattered and the fight begins within. The first step is to adopt a “no-limits” philosophy to your personal success.
We all know that women are powerful. Either you were raised by a woman of fortitude, taught by a woman of force or are a women of strength. We are powerful in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our organizations and in our places of worship. Why would this power disappear when we enter the board room or a pulpit?
Shatter your own glass ceiling and challenge the stereotypes that hold you back. Shed yourself of those self-defeating thoughts. Leave behind those insecurities and self-doubt. They are the true enemies to our progress and stunt our growth.
Instead, become a self-promoter. Speak up during meetings. Share your ideas. Add your input – even if it may be unpopular. Don’t be afraid to ask for a raise or advocate for a promotion you know you deserve. Put your name in the hat and compete.
Get in the habit of sitting at the table. Sharpen your tools. Show off your confidence. And just slay…