Cracking The Ceiling

Barriers frustrated women this century. Things are changing fast

How about one more nomination to the pantheon of business giants: the American workingwoman--Femella commercia Americana--the one who is pushing against the glass ceiling despite its seeming indestructibility.

Women have not been captains of industry until recently (and there are precious few in that position now). But that should be no surprise to anyone. For the first 20 years of the century, women couldn't even vote. Every time I think of that, it startles me. Even as Edith Wharton wrote many of her novels, as Helen Keller graduated from Radcliffe with honors, even as women--tens of thousands of them--typed the...

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