The metaphorical glass ceiling exists still for too many people in the IT community. The ability to look up and see people, often men, progressing further in the company hierarchy but not being able to pass through it, is still a major issue on the agenda for women's rights groups.
“The conventional explanation is that it’s a manifestation of the glass ceiling, of sexism in the City (and in politics, and in the public sector). Which is to say that women had a lucky escape: they are only innocent of this particular crime against global prosperity because men unfairly elbowed them out of the way in the unseemly race to the top.”
"Specifically, in the Information Technology field, there has been significant evidence which shows that both women and minorities have been prevented from attaining their true potential and have been undermined when it comes to wages and executive positions in this particular industry.
The problem in a wide range of careers had become so troublesome that The Glass Ceiling Commission was created as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Its responsibility was to identify glass-ceiling barriers in order to promote employment opportunities for minorities and women, however barriers in the IT profession still need to be further discussed."
Currently there is a case of weighing up the negatives between men and women in higher position jobs and jobs which demand more responsibility. Women sometimes choose to start a family which would allow them to take a year out of their jobs. If that job is a chief-executive position, the argument goes that it would be irresponsible and detrimental to hire that women in the first place.
Smashing the glass ceiling shouldn't just be a hope or a dream. Articles out on the web describe and explain how to take on this barrier and progress further and higher in the IT industry. But it isn't the company as an entity which is the problem; the problem lies with the attitudes of the existing corporate aristocracy.
The first black British police chief-constable, Mike Fuller of Kent Police, believes he set an example by being promoted to the head of one of the biggest police services' in the UK, and therefore proved there is no glass ceiling. Without wanting to cause a riot, there have been hundreds of years of black oppression whereas women of any background, ethnicity or culture are still being discriminated against.