How can women shatter the glass ceiling?


 Sharon Ho, Katrina Lee

 “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it… and the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be easier next time.”


Hilary Clinton is the first woman in American history to be nominated as the US President. It has been a dream to millions of women in the US. When the dream began to fade, Sarah Palin steps out and is expected to become the first woman in history to become the Vice-President of the America.


, to work and hold public office to work; to fair wages property and more importantly, to education. Women in some places continue to campaign for the same rights as modern men. Because of them fighting so hard for human rights, we are for granted today, to have a say in society, and even to have a woman to become a president of the US or the Chief Executive of Hong Kong in the near future.

”]Are women still being sterotyped?



Clinton and Palin may be the symbol of women climbing on the top of the ladder. They dream big, and have turned a new page of women’s right. Starting from the Middle Ages, women had been regarded as lower class. They did not have a say in the country and lived in the shadow of men. Women then started to strive for their rights of women to vote




As said by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the United Nation Secretary-General, “Without progress in the situation of women, there can be no true social development. Human rights are not worthy of the name if they exclude the female half of humanity. The struggle for women’s equality is part of the struggle for a better world for all human beings, and all societies.” Women’s contribution to the world is not less than men. They have put in great effort in fostering the world’s development. In 19th century, Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie represent represented women with a grand vision to the future. They found a way to improve the condition of the society, and by that they bring their nations a big step forward.


Until the 21st century, women have been making continuous contribution to the world. Margaret Hilda Thatche, the only woman who had been the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom , showing influence on the European political stage. She had helped to regained England economic stability with her policies. Benazir Bhutto, who is the first female Prime minister of Pakistan, and the first woman elected to head a Muslim country. During her election campaigns, she voiced concerns over social issues of women. She voiced out against the social inequality that Muslim women through the traditional custom were forcibly isolated from social contact. She proved that women can also make a significant change in the corrupted male-dominant government. In Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi was not afraid to express her opinions, and has been struggling peacefully and non-violently under the military dictatorship in her country, Although her life is always put in danger, it did not stop her from fighting over years with her intelligent words and ideas, and make her give up to fight for a better country.


These are the women who have their own belief and dedication to exceed their own limits, and take a stand in this male-dominant society. They are willing to bear responsibility and selfless dedication to the world. Though there were still many women who suffered discrimination and inequality in less developed countries. But one day, we hope that, the glass ceiling will be shattered, and that day will come very soon.




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