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The closing ceremony was spectacular with the end remark by Professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal. He must have marked that there were only two ladies among the sixty two participants. Right, I had been attending a four days training workshop by APNIC on Internet management and security issues. Missing in action, where are the women? I echoed him. Coming from a background of sysadmin, network designer and security specialist for pioneering the military network, I do have networking with loads of networkers; perhaps two are ladies out of best five I know of. But, in reality things are little different. The women who enter the largely male economics profession, I am aware of the barriers women facing in corporate world. And, yes, women who fight by themselves have a longer mileage.

For instance, my wife who is working as assistant vice president in a bank, equally hard working, manages the whole backoffice operation, endeavours to break the glass ceiling theory, does face intense battle front end, all round. I personally have seen the glass ceiling hypothesis exist with a larger gender wage gap at senior positions of the wage distribution. Much of the time it is observed that, more qualified women may be offered lower wages than men at the equilibrium. This occurs for instance in a competitive model of wage determination where employers assume gender-specific probabilities like … will she able to continue for long or not? As much of an onlooker, I wanted to help my wife resolving issues when she is facing huge wage discrimination with her male colleagues, but she refuges and has urged repeatedly not to intervene … it’s her battle, not mine! I stayed away.

I guess, it was back in 1986, the Wall Street Journal came up with a phrase that has come to symbolize a variety of barriers faced by thousands of women reaching the ladder. As I had discused earlier, the phrase “glass ceiling” represents a variety of inequalities that prevent qualified women from advancing into mid and senior management pyramids. In Bangladesh, acording to Zafarullah, H. (2000), only 5.1 percent of administrative and managerial positions are occupied by women. Should she feel lucky?

Will she be able to pull on, alone?


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