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The Question

What’s the greatest workplace barrier for women?

The female workers' suit against Wal-Mart is in oral arguments at the Supreme Court and could become the largest job discrimination case in history. What do you see as the biggest barrier for women in the workplace, and what will it take in order to really tip the scales?

Posted by On Leadership  on Mar 29, 2011 1:40 PM
Views from the Panel

What do you think? (#stateofwomen)

Click here to see what other readers think the biggest barrier is, and chime in with your own thoughts.

Posted by Lillian Cunningham on Mar 30, 2011 2:31 PM

For women, still a long way to go

As pioneering leader Geraldine Ferraro is laid to rest, we still have not achieved the fairness and justice in basic workplace issues that her 1984 vice presidential candidacy stirred in women across the nation...

Posted by Marie Wilson on Apr 1, 2011 1:35 PM

Creating equity in the workplace

To put it simply, the biggest barrier for women in the workplace is that they are just not taken seriously...

Posted by Coro Fellows on Mar 30, 2011 7:02 PM

The people’s court or a corporate court

Wal-Mart claims the suit is too big and unmanageable. Interesting since the company is the largest retailer in the world and seems to be able to manage 4,300 stores in 15 countries with revenues of $405 billion. Seems like Wal-Mart can handle Big!...

Posted by Juana Bordas on Mar 30, 2011 6:48 PM

A culture of ‘mom guilt’

“Equal pay for equal work” has long since been a slogan for any group left with the short straw...

Posted by West Point Cadets on Mar 29, 2011 1:32 PM

Women and power in the workplace

Although both women and men are uncomfortable with some aspects of power and the actions required to achieve it, women in general are more uncomfortable with power-seeking behaviors such as self-promotion...

Posted by Jeffrey Pfeffer on Mar 29, 2011 1:21 PM

The image of women as primary caretakers

Overcoming this ingrained archetype of the female worker is essential. It will require the recognition of women’s...

Posted by Rice University Undergraduate Leaders on Mar 30, 2011 4:46 PM

Valuing the feminine approach

In my experience, many of the women who rose to middle- and executive-level positions in my workplace did so by acting more like men.

Posted by Gail S. Williams on Mar 29, 2011 11:32 AM

Are women really better off?

The greatest challenge that women face at work today is, paradoxically, the success they’ve had in overcoming discrimination and bias.

Posted by Martin Davidson on Mar 29, 2011 11:44 AM
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