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Glass Ceiling and Glass Escalator - An Ultimate Gender Divide in Urban Vicinity


  • School of Management, SASTRA University, Thanjavur - 613401, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Department of Training and Placement, SASTRA University, Thanjavur - 613401, Tamil Nadu, India


Objectives: The major objectives of the study is to evaluate, measure, and also recommend solution for solving the problem of glass ceiling and career development of female employees in executive level. Methods and Analysis: The primary data were collected through the questionnaire from the women employees in IT companies in Chennai following random sampling method. In order to collect the data for the analysis, 250 questionnaires were distributed to the women employees of various departments in IT sector. From the 250 samples, 220 were responded. The data were analyzed using percentage analysis and ANOVA single factor with the help of SPSS package. Findings: The women in the corporate are drained because of the existing corporate cultures and missed prospects to find successful careers. Ultimately, they decide to eschew the organization. The major obstacle to women career development is culture involved inside their work place, and their capacity building nature. Based on age and marital status the women are valued in their job. The government should enhance the awareness of gender inequality and act as a catalyst to promote gender equality to reap the benefits on women and community at large. Employers should also act proactive in their obligation to gender diversity and equity prior to breaking down the barriers of structural, organizational and cultural factors. Applications/Improvements: The present study can also be extended in various institutions namely, religion, family, education, politics and in any field where the disparity prevails.


Corporate Culture, Challenge Aversion, Capacity Building, Glass Ceiling, Work Life Conflict.

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