Soc – Breaking the Glass Ceiling

What is the Glass Ceiling?

What can be done to break the Glass Ceiling?

Response Question: What are some major steps in women’s rights to close the gap between men and women? (Link an article or document supporting your research)


30 thoughts on “Soc – Breaking the Glass Ceiling

  1. J.K. Rowling was a successful writer. She wrote all of the novels to the Harry Potter series. While she was write the Harry Potter series, she decided to write the last book of the series first. She sold over 400 million copies around the world which is pretty impressive.

    She donated most of her time and money to people who had M.S. She also gave some money to single parent families because she knew what they were going through. She had gotten divorced and then later on got re-married. She had a few kids.

  2. Billie Jean King was a very influential women’s tennis player since starting her career in 1961. Billie Jean revolutionized the way women’s tennis was played due to her impatience that she had. She had 39 grand slam titles at the end of her career making her the most decorated women’s tennis player of all time.
    Billie Jean King also took part in an equality match against Bobby Riggs. It took place in the astrodome in Texas. There was a crowd of 30,000 and Billie Jean ended up winning. That match helped Billie Jean towards her ultimate goal of equal pay for mens and womens tennis players. She’s also helped with many other organizations in her retirement. She has made the list of Top 100 influential women ever in the past couple years.

  3. Malala Yousafzai

    In her first few years, she lived in Mingora, Pakistan. It was a very popular tourist site, but it started to change when the Taliban started to take control. She gave a speech in Peshawa, Pakistan when the Taliban started attacking girls’ schools. Her speech was about her education. She also started blogging for the BBC. Her blogging was about living under the Taliban’s threats. She covered up her identity, and her name was Gul Makai. Later on, she was revealed. She got an award, and the award was Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize.

    When Malala was fourteen, her family found out that the Taliban had a death threat against Malala. They thought the group wouldn’t really harm her. In October, a man went on the same bus as Malala. The man asked where Malala was. Her friends looked at her, and the man fired at her. She was hit on the left side of her head, and it traveled down her neck. She was in critical condition. Part of her skull had to be removed because of her swelling brain.

    She would have to go through many surgeries, but there was no major brain damage. In 2013, she started going back to school again. There was tons of support for Malala. When she turned sixteen, she gave a speech. She also wrote a an autobiography. The Taliban still thinks she is a target. She is still pushing for education for women.

  4. Amelia Earhart:
    Amelia Earhart began flying in 1921. In 1922, she broke the women’s altitude record. In 1928, she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She also was the first person not just the first woman to fly solo from Los Angeles to Mexico City. The first person to fly solo nonstop from Mexico City to Newark. She was the first person to fly from the Red Sea to India.

    Amelia changed the view of how people look at women, because she was able to do something men could do. She could do what men could do but could do it even better. She broke records that men had not even done yet. She proved to people that women can do the same things men can do and that women are equal to men.

  5. Amelia Earhart:
    Amelia Earhart began flying in 1921. In 1922, she broke the women’s altitude record. In 1928, she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She also was the first person not just the first woman to fly solo from Los Angeles to Mexico City. The first person to fly solo nonstop from Mexico City to Newark. She was the first person to fly from the Red Sea to India.

    Amelia changed the view of how people look at women, because she was able to do something men could do. She could do what men could do but could do it even better. She broke records that men had not even done yet. She proved to people that women can do the same things men can do and that women are equal to men.

  6. Sarah Thomas grew up playing sports in Mississippi. She even played in college. That love of sports led her to start her officiating career in 1996, when she attended meetings for high school officials. She officiated her first high school game in 1999.

    After working high school games, she was invited to Conference USA’s official’s camp in 2006. She became the first woman to work a college game in 2007. She worked a bowl game in 2009, after working a full 11 game schedule. She hoped to officiate an NFL game in 2014.

    This advancement by her in a male-dominant profession shows her determination. Her and other female officials have come a long ways in a male profession, but they still haven’t done as much as the want.

  7. Condoleezza Rice is an American educator and politician. She served as the 66th US Secretary of State. She is also the first female African American secretary of state and overall the second African American secretary of state.

    Rice has risen to become one of the most powerful female (and African-American) political figures in US history. For example, in August 2004 and again in August 2005, Forbes magazine named Dr. Rice the world’s most powerful woman. Rice is also fourth in line to succeed the President. This is a higher ranking in the presidential line of succession than any other woman has ever achieved. Her supporters think that a future Vice Presidential or Presidential candidacy is possible.

  8. I chose Alice Paul. She was an American suffragist, and took her job very seriously. She was born into a prominent family in her home town of New Jersey. She also became active with the country’s radical suffragist. Along with all her duties she made time to form the National Women’s party in 1916.

    Paul continued to push for equal rights and worked for the National Women’s party headquarters. In 1923, she proposed an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. She also helped gain acceptance of an era plank in the platforms of both major politic parties in 1944. She continued to work actively, and no matter what was thrown her way she found a way to keep pushing forward. She truly did change the way people view women rights.

  9. Diane Nash

    Diane Nash was a student leader who has become one of the most respected of the sit-in movement in Nashville, TN. She was a part of the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). She was thrown in jail in February, 1961 with the “Rock Hill Nine” — nine students imprisoned after a lunch counter sit-in.

    When Diane and her “clan” heard about the bus burning in Anniston, AL and Birmingham, AL, she said it was their duty to continue their movement. She continued because she thought that people would start thinking all you have to do to stop people from acting out is inflict major violence. She played a key role in bringing Martin Luther King Jr. to Montgomery, AL on May 21 in support of the Riders. She married a Freedom Rider (James Bevel) later that year. She is still living.

  10. Hillary Rodham Clinton

    She was the first lady of Arkansas. She was a leader of the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families but ended up confusing them. She was also the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation.

    In 1994 she was the First Lady of the United States. She was major initiative, the Clinton health care plan. She failed to gain approval from the U.S. Congress. She played a leading role in advocating the creation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

  11. Sojourner Truth is known for the great woman’s right speech she gave called “Aint I a Woman?” Sojourner Truth gave this speech in Akron, Ohio at the Women’s Convention on may 29, 1851. The speech was briefly brought up in newspapers but was not known until much later. Sojourner Truth’s speech did not become famous until it was later posted in the New York Tribune on June 6, 1851.

    Sojourner’s truth speech made good points like this ” i have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed, reaped, husked, and mowed.” To me she is trying to say she Is just as good as any man which is a great speech for a slave to say to a crowd especially if whites are present. This is an amazing speech to me how the a black woman in the 1850’s was strong enough to say she is as good as any many even whites.

  12. Harriet Tubman was born on March 10, 1822. She was owned by Mary Pattison Brodess. Mary Pattison Brodess was a owner of a large plantation. When she was young she suffered a large head wound when she was being beaten by her master.

    Harriet Tubman was born into slavery and became a union spy. She made about thirteen trips to the south to rescue families from slavery. She was one of the founders of the underground railroad witch was a series of houses that would hold slaves and protect them.

  13. Danica Patrick started her racing career by racing karts and became exceptionally good in this sport. She moved up to race in the formula series and received many endorsements. She won the title of Rookie of the Year in 2005. She was the first woman racer in NASCAR in 2011. She is still looking for her first win in NASCAR.

    She changed racing forever. She was the first women that received so many endorsements, and opened the door for other women to race in NASCAR. There are already There has been at least three other women go into the Formula-One series since Danica Patrick started her career.

  14. Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She was later called “First Lady of the World” as a tribute to all of the human rights achievements she made. She began giving speeches and campaigning when her husband became ill.

    Eleanor was very vocal in the African-American civil rights movement. She believed that benefits should be equally extended to all races of Americans. Eleanor invited hundreds of African- American guests to the White House. She became unpopular among the whites of the South. She also became popular among the African-Americans, which led to them supporting the Democratic Party. She proved to people that it doesn’t matter what race you are, everyone should be equal.

  15. Barbara Jill Walters:
    Barbara Walters is an American author, broadcast journalist, and television personality. Barbara attending Sarah Lawrence College and graduated with a B.A. in English. After graduating she moved to New York and started working as a writer. She first became known while writing and producing a segment for women interest stories on NBC.

    Barbara then became the first female to co-anchor a network evening news in 1963. This was a breakthrough for women in the workforce. She inspired females to keep working hard and pushing the limits on the glass ceiling. After Barbara became a co-host the ratings spiked and more people starting watching. Showing their support for Barbara and the struggles she was facing.

    Not only did Barbara impact women all over, but she also proved that females are capable of doing whatever they put their minds to. Barbara is one of the world’s most famous and accomplished journalists of all time. She’s received many awards; on being the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Barbara has made a huge impact on the glass ceiling and has proved women can be accomplished in the workforce.

  16. Susan B. Anthony was first faced with major sexist obstacles while campaigning with her family to end slavery in the abolitionist movement. They also pushed for the temperance movement which would slow down or completely stop the production and sale of alcohol in the United States. Susan was denied to give speeches and was not taken seriously by the general public, simply because she was a lady. This is when Anthony decided she needed to make a change.

In 1869, Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. They gave speeches across the United States and pushed for the right to vote for all women; the main focus of the organization. In 1872, she illegally voted in the presidential election, just to attempt to prove her point. I found it interesting that Anthony was arrested and tried for this act, however, the trials were unsuccessful. She was released with a $100 fine that she never ended up paying.

  17. Anne Frank was one of the most talked about Jewish victim of the Holocaust. When her family went into hiding, she wrote a detailed diary which has become one of the world’s most widely read books. She later died in a concentration camp but her father had the diary published. She opened the eyes of the world to what happened and the struggles of the Jews to stay alive.

    Anne Franks diary, shows the fighting spirit that she had, it shows her growing up and family life, it shows the hardships of the war but it also serves as a reminder of the atrocities so many people had to suffer.

  18. Title IX was a proportion of education amendments in 1972. They renamed it the Patsy Mink equal education act in 2002 after the house and sponsor. It was an act the stated that every person has the right to an equal education no matter what type of gender you. no on in the united states shall be discriminated on with the education they want to get because every one has the equal right to have the same education.

  19. they had to true for considered because. The people that went and got there higher education were starting to sew over there last centuries. Woman had to go to school in the sumer when the boys were working.

  20. Rosa was a black women that help in women rights and black rights. Rosa really pushed to have equal rights between blacks and white and also between women and men. In 1955 rose sat down on a bus as a white man came up to her telling her to move but she would not get up off the spot, in this rose was show that black people should be treated the same as whites but she also showed that women can make a difference too.

  21. Rosie the Riveter was a cultural symbol in the United States. She represented the working woman during WW2 when the men were fighting. She represented women that did hard manual labor just as well as the men did.

    Rosie gave women hope that they could do just as good of a job as men. Rosie the Riveter is used as a symbol for feminism and women’s power in the economy. Other countries also use a similar type of symbol.

  22. One of Oprah Winfrey’s many famous quotes about sexism is “I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism and sexism.” Back when she had her first tv show in 1986, she was expected to just be another woman talk show about girl needs. But she was much more than that. It was hard for her to start up and become famous not only because she is a girl, but she is also a woman of color. She had to be determined to make it to as high of a level as she did. She stuck through all the sexist comments and made it to become the most wealthy person in the world.

  23. Erin andrews is a big step in womens equality. She is one of very few people that casts for ESPN from 2004 to 2012. In 2012 she started working for fox sports and still works there now.
    this is a big step cause most news cast people are men. she is the first women that host college football with Eddie George and Joey Harrington. She also works as a field reporter on major sports games aired on fox such as Daytona 500, World series, NFL playoffs, and MLB all star game.

  24. Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered one of the greatest athletes in history, for both men and women. Her achievements include three Olympic gold medals, four World Outdoor championships gold medals, and the standing world record of 7,291 points in the women’s heptathlon. She set the world record for the heptathlon 4 times, being the first person ever to break the 7,000 mark and also holds the world record long jump.

    Jackie has been an advocate for women in sports, since Title IX was introduced when she was a young athlete. Before Title IX, she was stuck as a cheerleader. After Title IX, she could finally join her high school track team. Jackie soon played professional basketball, was a professional track athlete, and golfer. Jackie is an advocate now for TItle IX, giving speeches on how everyone should know about it. She has a charity organization and a foundation to help younger athletes.

  25. Loretta Perfectus Walsh:
    She was born and lived in Pennsylvania in the early 1900s. This was around around the time of World War 1. In January of 1917, in the fourth year of the war, Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare.
    In March of 1917, when she was 20, Loretta went to the Naval office and tried to join the Navy. Two days later, the Navy said the enrollment of women into the Navy was okay. She became the first woman to be in the military and serve in actual service. There had been women nurses in the military since 1901, but she was the first to actually fight. She helped allow for the enlistment of women in the military.

  26. Hillary Clinton- She is a former United States secretary of state, U.S Senator and First lady. She played a leading role in advocating the creation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, The adoption and safe families act, and the Foster Care Independence.

    She was elected the first female senator from New York. She is the only First Lady ever to run for public office. She became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation. She encouraged empowerment of women everywhere.

  27. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first ever female doctor to get her medical degree from the United States. Even though she was poor in her early adulthood she still went to medical school and became the first ever female doctor. She didn’t just become the first female doctor though. She also began writing about women’s rights in her diaries and letters. She thought that women would be better at being doctors because of their mothering instincts. She was determined to get her medical degree and prove that women could be doctors to.

    She helped women a lot in coming into the medical field. When she sent her application into Upstate Medical University the men there read her letter and thought it was a joke so they unanimously accepted her. Most people right away didn’t even come to her they went to the men instead.

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