Gender and Leadership-Follow up
Case Study: Way for Paradigms of Diversity Leadership
1. Which previous reading parallels with the case study you selected and in what way? 2. Which concept from the Pew Research Report connect with your own experiences in the workplace? Post a substantive response to the question (minimum 250 words).
Reply in a scholarly and substantive manner to the two following classmates with at least 100 words
1) I chose to use the case study of “The Sixth W; who, what, when, where, why, and women.” This case study is about the gender gap and how men are treated and viewed as experts, even about woman’s issues like reproductive rights. Over 40 women sued Newsweek magazine for sex discrimination, and one woman, in particular, Lynn Povich, became the first woman senior editor. She even wrote a memoir on her experience and the hardships of getting to where she is now. The way Lynn was able to stand up for herself as well as create a women’s movement which created national attention. These women were the first women ever to sue the media. After reading this case study, I relate this to the gender bias and glass ceiling topic. The case study suggests that the more successful women become, the more disliked they are by both men and women. The way men are portrayed is they are being pushed forward into management positions when, in turn, holds the women back from the same areas. It ties into the glass ceiling topic as well because women are stuck in a lower position without opportunities to grow in the company.
2 ) The Pew Research Report highlights the increasing presence of women in higher education. I went to college when healthy kids do after i graduated from high school and ended up hating it. Years later, after having a child who complains of hating school, i decided I wanted more for myself and applied and turned in all paperwork within one day for Concordia.
The night class I am taking at my community college, there are more women than men. I notice that there have been more women within many jobs that i have worked in over the years have been in school even if they are in the 40s or 50s.
I chose to read “The Sixth W,” which is an article that covers women in the media. This piece tells about a group of women who worked for Newsweek that sued for gender discrimination. Men were hired to be reporters and writers where women were employed to clip newspaper stories, check facts, and research. These were all low paying jobs with no opportunity for advancement, and the women who worked there desired more. The article talks about how the case was settled. Women at Newsweek wanted one-third of the writers and reporters to be women. They also wanted one-third of the researchers to be men (The sixth w, 2012). This would prove that the job is not just a female job; it’s a job anyone who is wanting an entry-level job can perform. They also wanted a woman senior editor (The sixth w, 2012).
I can compare this article to those we studied in module one of this class covering the glass ceiling. The glass ceiling metaphor is an invisible boundary that restricts women and minorities from advancing to the highest ranks of management inside a corporation (The glass ceiling effect and its impact on women, 2017). This frequently limits women from promotions, salary increases, and other career advancement opportunities (Lewis, 2019). This is precisely what was happening at Newsweek.
Pew Research Center studies public concerns, attitudes, and current trends (Pew Research Center, 2015). The study we look at this week reveals data that indicates women are equally qualified for leadership positions but still have trouble reaching those positions. I am currently not in the workforce. However, I can relate the corporate leader section of the Pew Research article to the last job I held. I worked for one of the major card companies, where I witnessed a lot of women in entry-level positions. My boss happened to be a male, but I know he had a female counterpart. When the executives would come to visit a store to see how it was performing most of the time, these executives were males. The CEO of the company is also a male. Even though most people think of a card company and the work performed to be “women’s work,” the men ultimately hold higher-ranking positions. I think women have come a long way and that there is room for growth inside this company; they just haven’t made it into the top tier positions, yet.
Resources: Lewis, J. J. (2019, August 18). Glass ceiling: what is it? does one exist? Retrieved August 27, 2019 from https://www.thoughtco.com/glass-ceiling-for-women-definition-3530823
Pew Research Center. (2015, January 14). Women and leadership public says women are equally qualified, but barriers persist. Retrieved October 3, 2019, from
The glass ceiling effect and its impact on women. (2017, November 15). Retrieved August 27, 2019 from https://www.everydayhealth.com/womens-health/glass-ceiling-effect-its-impact-on-women/
The sixth w. (2012, July). Retrieved October 1, 2019, from