In six pages this paper examines the evolution of women in the corporate management sector. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.
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on women in the workplace" (Craig, 1992, p. 299), as well as the upsurge in homeworkers required to meet the need of a growing industrialized nation (McIntosh, 1998). To
be sure, one would never find a female CEO at the turn of the century, nor would one be accustomed to seeing women in many executive positions at all.
However, contemporary times have illustrated how women have been successful in their attempts to break through the barriers of a patriarchal work society and effectively plant themselves in the midst
of prosperity. There is no question that "men still vastly outnumber women in the upper echelons of corporate power" (Maley, 1997, p. 52); however, these women mark a modification in
the manner of thinking that has presided over the workplace since the nineteenth century. Indeed, womens business contributions are finally being recognized for their inherent worth, a transformation that
has been a gradual yet steady occurrence for quite some time now, with women becoming responsible for billion dollar companies and tens of thousands of employees. Sheelagh Whittaker, Diane
McGarry and Maureen Kempston Darkes are representative of how far women have come in their struggles to overcome male oppression in the workplace. As president and chief executive officer
of EDS Canada Ltd., chairwoman, CEO and president of Xerox Canada Inc. and president and general manager of General Motors of Canada Ltd., respectively, these three women have most definitely
broken the mold of ancient stereotypes (Maley, 1997). Other women who have emerged on top from the struggle up the corporate ladder include
Joy Calkin, president and chief executive of Extendicare Inc.; Peggy Witte, founder, president and CEO of Royal Oak Mines Inc.; Carol Stephenson, president and chief executive of Stentor Resource Centre