She also had no idea at the time that a woman would continue to face invisible obstacles after her death.
“I thought I would finish this by the end of my life, but it won’t,” she told The Post. People will say, ‘There was a time when there was a glass ceiling.'”
Roden invented the ‘glass ceiling’ from the cuff
While Roden was working in AT&T’s human resources department, she was asked to fill in for a female manager at the 1978 Women’s Action Alliance conference, The Post reported. She participated in a panel on advancing women in the workforce that focused on women’s role in her career stagnation. Her allegations, which Roden felt were unfair.
She felt that it was not women who were to blame for the lack of promotion, but rather the inherent sexism in organizations like the American Workforce.
“I argued that the ‘invisible glass ceiling’ (barriers to cultural rather than personal progress) is doing the most damage to women’s career aspirations and opportunities.
Roden challenged the popular notion that women should adhere to a traditionally male model of leadership in order to succeed within the industry. In her 1985 book Feminine Her Leadership, or How to Succeed in Business Without Being One of Her Men, Rhoden urges female readers to change themselves to fit in with their male bosses. Instead, I encouraged them to use their strengths to change the landscape of the company. She has also authored a book on how to support diversity in the workplace.
‘Glass Ceiling’ Appears in Cultural Glossary
Roden told various publications on the 40th anniversary of the birth of the “glass ceiling” that in the 1970s women didn’t think they would still have to fight sexism in the workplace in 2018. Told. , among them several women, many of them in the entertainment industry, named powerful men they said had been sexually harassed or abused at work.
In 2018, she told The Washington Post what she learned from #MeToo stories.
Roden continued her workplace advocacy into her 70s, telling Reuters in 2018 that the harassment stories only strengthened her mission.
“I think there’s still a lot of work to be done,” she told Reuters. “I’m not ready to stop. I want to make a difference.”