The Boston Globe convened two roundtables to discuss the glass ceiling, the lack of female top exectuives and other workplace issues important to women. One group was all women, the other all men. The two groups’ views weren’t necessarily opposite but they weren’t the same.

Linda Zecher (shown), CEO of publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, said there are not enough women at the top because you “have to have enough women at the bottom levels of management so you can start moving them up. Historically, we have not done that well, and we have not done that fast enough.”

Asked how best to pave the way for more women at the top, R. Robert Popeo, chairman of law firm Mintz Levin said, “If I had to give any advice to women across the board, [it would be] do not take the role of a victim because you’re not a victim. These organizations that seek to jam a quota in do a disservice to these women, because these women rise on the basis of excellence, not quotas. In my organization over the past 20 years, the top four producing sections of the law firm were run by women. They weren’t there because they were women. They were there because they were talented.”

Click here to read the views of both panels. Then join the conversation and add your own opinions about what they said or share what you’ve learned in your career.

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  1. Ashlie Toronto

    While I completely agree on most of everything said here, there IS a glass ceiling. Men simply don’t admit it, they don’t even know it, but they ARE the glass ceiling. I am a girl, pursuing a career in technology, and there are only three girls in the entire class of 30. This NEEDS to change.

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  2. Male teacher

    Currently there is a glass ceiling for men in public education. Teacher-training colleges are predominantly full of women. I was one of four men in a teacher training college program out of 30 students. Three of us men were asked to change or leave the school because they didn’t like the way we teached. We didn’t follow the feminist philosphy that has largely taken over public classrooms. There was clear bias against the boys in these classrooms but when the male teachers brought up these issues they were reprimanded for not conforming. It was disturbing and I can honestly say I know what it feels like to be discriminated against. It may be women have similar problems in the business world but it is a two-way street now days for glass ceilings.

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