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Not so much a glass ceiling as glass jell-O

From Shanley:

And then there’s the women who never say anything at all about it, ever. They sit in their six-figure jobs with their good health insurance, surrounded by white men. They will probably never be managers or executives, victims of what is less a glass ceiling than a glass jell-O in which the ambitions and advancement of women exist in a suspended animation.

(Shanley, Women in Tech for the Patriarchy.)

The glass jell-O is the perfect metaphor for what has happened to me for the last fifteen years. It's not that I wanted to be an executive or even a manager. It's that, with every new assignment, every new client, every single new person, I have to prove, again, that I am not a beginner.



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Oct. 12th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
That's a very apt description. Most of the women CEOs in tech that I know (and know of) got there because they started the business. If they sell off, sometimes they can do lateral moves, but typically never as high up as in their past startup. So few are getting their organically, and I think that's worth noting. It might as well be the Renaissance--white men rule the world.
Oct. 12th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
Although I'll add:

"Women are regularly harassed, abused, assaulted, molested, stalked and threatened by men in the technology industry."

This happens in EVERY industry. I cannot tell you the number of times I've been sexually harassed in the work place. And stupid me quit every time rather than report it. I could be a wealthy woman by now, lol.
Oct. 20th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
Wow. Aside from the Sarc and a reptilian sales guy in my first job, this has never happened to me. I must have been really really lucky.

Oh, wait, there was a creepy guy I met in that same job, who kept telling me that he'd be glad to father my children and then would tell me I had to grow a thicker skin when I complained. Textbook, really. But he was eventually let go. Don't know why, never bothered finding out.
Oct. 20th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
I was even harassed by a lesbian (my boss) when I was working in the library in college. I tried to report that, but because she was both high up and a lesbian, the school wouldn't touch it. But it was the last time I ever had to deal with a situation like that, thank God.
Oct. 20th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
Hadn't thought of it as akin to the Renaissance. That's an interesting thought. Will the future say, as the guy from Connections used to say about the innovators of the Renaissance, "They did it with a gutsy, bold disregard for convention, that we today would consider ... criminal!"
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