Glass Ceilings Are So Pretty...?

I wonder how we came up with such an attractive phrase for something so intrinsically unattractive. The idea is that women can get trapped somewhere in middle management, can see where they want to go but are prevented from reaching it.

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I think it’s maybe a bit of a misnomer; you can see right through a glass ceiling, but I often wonder if women actually see a place they want to be. Much of work and business practice has been defined by men, organised to suit men, and consequently are of little appeal to women.

So many women are excluded from positions of leadership, across the world, with relatively little effort being expended to improve the situation. By effort I mean making those positions genuinely gender neutral. By having quotas to ensure that companies are forced to comply with, by changing outdated notions of childcare and parenting, by genuinely making top posts accessible.

Just over 12 years ago I looked up, squarely through the glass ceiling and thought, no, not for me. I left and set up my own business. It’s taken a while but I am now able to run my business according to my rules. (You can find out a bit more here,if you wish).

We need to be able to look through that glass ceiling and see something that we really want

*The term ‘glass ceiling’ was first coined in March 1984 by Gay Bryant, the former editor of Working Woman magazine who was changing jobs to be the editor of Family Circle. In an Adweek article by Nora Frenkel, Bryant was reported as saying, “Women have reached a certain point—I call it the glass ceiling. They’re in the top of middle management and they’re stopping and getting stuck. There isn’t enough room for all those women at the top. Some are going into business for themselves. Others are going out and raising families.”

RenewYou is part of my ‘womanised’ business. You can find out more about it here.

Jane C Woods

Women's Personal Development Specialist - Changing People, -

Hi, I’m Jane C Woods and I have an absolute passion for helping women achieve success in their lives. Be it the glass ceiling, the crystal maze, or very personal issues, I’m all about helping women achieve to their full potential and live the way they want to without being carbon copies of men. But I’m not about putting men down in order for women to get ahead, there’s plenty of room; I just want the guys to shifty up a bit… If my face looks familiar it's because I love Psychologies magazine (I've been buying it since the very first issue, such a good resource) and it's the only place I choose to advertise my courses. I write on women’s issues on my blog,, and am regularly featured in magazines, and on radio, but I’m probably best known for RenewYou. RenewYou is my one day personal development course for women. We have an international network of experienced, specialist women licensed to deliver it and empower women across the globe. Our goal is to reach one million women. It’s a big goal but… In 2013 we started with a single RenewYou specialist, me. Now you can find a RenewYou Courses across the UK, in the USA, Canada, Greece, Bangkok, Pakistan, South Africa, Belgium, with new countries being added all the time. My dream was to create a thriving and caring business on ethical, and dare I say, feminine terms, with a real community spirit of help and encouragement. And it’s actually happening with the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of my wonderful trainers. I think, (apart from my two lovely kids, a daughter and a son) that it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. Wonderful Changing People Women: One of the joys and privileges of my work is that I’ve connected with some really inspirational and wonderful women – from politics to entertainment to academia. They include: TV presenter, house fixer and matchmaker Sarah Beeny Amazing entrepreneur Sam Roddick of Coco de Mer Outspoken and entertaining academic Mary Beard Politicians like Siobhan Benita and Natalie Bennett Ex BBC broadcaster Miriam O’Reilly who bravely took on the might of the BBC- and triumphed A very rare interview with Sarah Montague, of the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme I hope you like the posts and I hope they are helpful. Live life to the max and never hide your light under any bushels!