|What Glass Ceiling? 女性的职场限制|
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Do you know Meg Whitman? Even if you've never heard of her, you probably know her company: eBay, one of the most popular sites on the Internet. How abou
Some people say that women are practically taking over the high-tech industry. Could it be true?
Not quite. Only seven of the 500 largest companies are run by women. Yet most of those are high-tech companies. It's an industry that has been especially good to women for several reasons.
Firstly, high-tech is a new industry, and as such, it doesn't always play by the same old rules. It first gained ground in California's Silicon Valley, a relatively liberal climate, and therefore more accepting of female executives. Most importantly, the high-tech industry, because it is new, has no "old-boy network." Without family and networking connections, the industry has relied on individual results to determine promotions. In other words, a person's success in high-tech depends on his or her work performance - not on family or golfing buddies.
It's still not easy for women. In order for them to succeed in business, they have often had to behave like men; this has earned these tough businesswomen a lot of enemies. Every time a female CEO fails, she is bound to receive plenty of bad publicity. But now that the glass ceiling has been broken in the high-tech industry, the sky may be the limit for female executives.