Glass Ceiling Easier to Break

Virginia Bottomley became a member of the English parliament in the mid-1980’s. She was one of 23 female members out of 650 and dressed in plain, unremarkable suits so as not to draw attention to herself or the fact that she was a woman. As Bottomley progressed through her career to Secretary Of State for Health, she watched her daughters struggle with obstacles against women in Cambridge and realized the prejudice of the promotion system in the National Health Service, where three quarters of the employees were women but upper management was entirely male. She became interested in women’s advancement and began to make a difference.

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