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Political Science Department


Diane Oyler

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First Reader

Diane Oyler

Second Reader

Angelo Conorozzo


Gender inequality affects many women in the workplace creating a wage gap. If found, a solution to this problem could dismantle barriers and close the gap. The extent to which women are aware of the glass ceiling and where to find help was studied through an online survey. One hundred and thirty eight women from the public, non-profit and private sectors completed the six-question survey. The results show that women in the non-profit sector are more likely to know of the glass ceiling but also are more likely not to know where to find help when compared to the other sectors. The survey was supplemented with an elite interview, and a simulation through participant observation. Future research on the awareness across employment sectors could potentially be beneficial in breaking through the glass ceiling and closing the wage gap completely.