When it comes to opportunities for women in business , the opposite sex often times finds itself in a quandary. Even in today’s more progressive times, women like Susan McGalla are still afforded less opportunities for business advancement than men. Over the years, the male/female employment dynamics have changed drastically, but when statistics are scrutinized, women still earn less than men in the workplace and women are afforded far less opportunities.
Although the climate has changed dramatically in the last 10 to 15 years, women still find themselves struggling to achieve the same level of success as their male counterparts. Oftentimes women have just as much experience in their chosen profession, but still get passed over for promotions. Recent surveys have shown that the landscape is bleak for women starting companies, as well. According to the numbers, less than 1% of new startup businesses are run by women.
Compensation is also an area of concern. Women receive 25% less pay for doing the same job according to some studies. In other words, for every one dollar that a man makes, a woman is fortunate to receive $.75 on that dollar. Since the disclosure of salaries are strongly dissuaded by most businesses, women aren’t even aware of the disparity in salaries.
But there are women who are breaking through the glass ceiling and making a name for themselves in the business world. A few women are making tremendous strides in their occupation and ascending the corporate ladder to become major influencers in their fields of endeavor.
Susan McGalla is an example of a woman making it in the business world. She began her career working for Joseph Horne Company in various marketing and management positions. She then took her experience to American Eagle Outfitters, where she excelled in various assignments until eventually she became the president of the company in 2007. She continued her career at Wet Seal, where she took the reins of CEO in 2011. She currently uses her talents as a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization as their Director of Strategic Planning and Growth.
It takes a certain amount of tenacity to break past the barriers and ascend to higher levels of management, especially in organizations that are set in their ways. Unfortunately, this mindset occurs in companies more than people would like to believe. But individuals like McGalla are showing that with hard work and tenacity, women can get to the top of their profession.
There is a long way for women to go to reach the levels of recognition that their male equals receive in business. But individuals like McGalla show that reaching that recognition level can be attained. Women everywhere can take note of the achievements of women like McGalla, and take the example as a positive sign that workplace equality is becoming more the norm as business progresses to greater possibilities.