Is Presidents' Day Another Glass Ceiling?

by Shonali Burke on February 15, 2010

A workaholic nation

I moved to the U.S. from India almost a decade ago. And it’s taken me almost a decade to get used to the shocking lack of holidays Americans put up with (Ten? Seriously, people – 10 federal holidays?!).

There can’t be much worse than coming out of the holiday season with no breaks to look forward to. Which is why Presidents’ Day, falling as it does close to Valentine’s Day, feels like a welcome reprieve.

Image: shallowend‘s Flickrstream, Creative Commons

I’ve always thought it interesting, though, that despite the numerous female American thought-leaders – including some of the world’s richest women – not a single one has been able to break through the ultimate glass ceiling – of leading the country.

Especially when you think of the positions women have held, not just in the modern era, but through the centuries.

Indira Gandhi. Golda Meir. Sirimavo Bandaranaike (the first female Prime Minister in the world… in 1960!). Catherine the Great. Margaret Thatcher. Elizabeth I… and so on.

Is that something we can look forward to in this next decade?

Shonali Burke is editor of Women Grow Business and one of the country’s leading business communicators, who was named to PRWeek’s inaugural top “40 Under 40″ list of US-based PR professionals. She specializes in creating and implementing integrated (online and off), results-based, measurable communication programs for clients both large and small at Shonali Burke Consulting. An accredited business communicator, she is also Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Communications program and active in the local communications community as President of IABC/Washington. Talk to her via her blog, Waxing UnLyrical or Twitter.

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