The article Forget the Glass Ceiling; We Need to Fix the Broken Windows First, offers a really great micro-solution to gender inequality for women fighting their way up the corporate ladder. This article is very interesting because the author, Jean Martin, states that there is no longer a “glass ceiling” blocking the success of women, but a “broken window.” Martin uses effective rhetorical strategies throughout his writing, such as pathos and logos to convey his message to his audience.
Martin writes, “Often, the female candidate may not be given the opportunity to say yes or no to the assignment.” This sentence is an example of pathos because he is appealing to the audience’s emotions by explaining that a lot of the time many women who are very capable of doing a job and doing it well are not even considered because others their employers assume that they would rather stay at home all the time because they’re pregnant or have children.
There are several statistics presented by Martin, which is an appeal to logos. He states, “CEB research shows that women account for just over half (51%) of the non-management workforce. This goes down to 40% for first- and mid-level manager positions, 32% at departmental head level and a mere 21% when you reach top executive level.” By presenting his audience with these numbers it allows them to see the problem at hand on a more personal level.
The micro- solution presented for for this controversial issue in the work force is to recognize these issues and begin with fixing the small day-by-day issues at first and then the employers should begin engaging their female employees about their career plan and hopes for the future.