By Edward Deeb, Editor-in-Chief
September 23, 2008
Once there was a “glass ceiling,” which supposedly prevented women from reaching top positions in business, government, education, medicine and the entire spectrum of career fields.
As far as I am concerned it is no longer there. Goodbye glass ceiling!
How can I say that? Simple. Most recently, both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Sarah Palin proved that women are every bit as good and successful as men. They not only put a crack into the glass ceiling, they have virtually eliminated it. Go get ’em ladies! But this is just a continuance of many successes women have achieved and continue to achieve now more than ever.
While at the national government level, Palin and Clinton have demonstrated they have gone through the glass ceiling, in Michigan we can add Gov. Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who have also gone through.
In education, successful women have also broken through the so-called glass ceiling. I refer you to Lou Anna Simon, president of Michigan State University, Mary Sue Coleman, president of University of Michigan, and Susan Martin, president of Eastern Michigan University.
In Michigan business, we can look to Gail Torreano, president of AT&T - Michigan and Cynthia Pasky of Strategic Staffing Solutions and nationally there is Indra Nooyi, CEO and chairman of PepsiCo. and Irene Rosenfeld, CEO and chairman of Kraft Foods.
Folks, these are just a few examples of women success stories. There are thousands like this throughout our nation and throughout the world.
The only factor that is still questionable and needs work is wages and salaries.
Is there still a glass ceiling? No, ma’m, I don’t believe it.