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Glass ceiling, a barrier to career, says report

Glass ceiling, a barrier to career, says report
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First Published: Thu, Apr 29 2010. 04 36 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 29 2010. 04 36 PM IST
New Delhi: Corporate and government jobs attract India’s working women the most while many serving females believe that glass ceiling stagnates their career graph, according to a new study by Absolutdata.
A glass ceiling is a situation where a qualified woman fails to climb higher at work due to discriminatory policies within the organization.
The study, which was conducted among a group of 686 female respondents between 18 and 55, found that personal aspirations, academic stream and family concerns play a major role in determining the nature of a woman’s career.
Job security being an important factor, many women preferred to be engaged in full time employment rather than part time or freelancing, the research said. Interestingly, 78% of the respondents wanted flexible timings in their full time job while 58% were fine with fixed timings.
Corporate jobs seem to the preferred option with 58% of the women preferred to be employed in the corporate sector while 57% favoured government jobs.
Even though information technology is touted as a male bastion, the study discovered that 29% of the respondents chose it while 28% were satisfied with teaching. Engineering and theatre were sampled as the last choice, the survey said.
The research said women are far from being equal to men in workplaces as 58% of the respondents felt inequalities still exist apart from promotion and pay differences.
Sakshi, (name changed) a senior manager in a topnotch bank said, “No matter how much I put efforts but at the end of the day being a women I don’t get appraised like my male colleagues do.”
Majority of the respondents also complained about the threat of sexual harassment, the report said, making things more difficult for the working women.
One of the respondents working with an advertising agency, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “Sexual exploitation is rampant for working women. I have heard many stories about my friends being asked to compromise on moral grounds to get appraisals.”
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First Published: Thu, Apr 29 2010. 04 36 PM IST