The Glass Ceiling
Julia Ton, Mari Soppela
“What is a glass ceiling?” “It’s just a ceiling that is transparent.” On the street. This is typical of what many people know about the glass ceiling. They just don’t know. The words are as unseen as the ceiling itself. The Glass Ceiling challenges you to take a closer look at the invisible glass ceiling that spans the world and divides people. The film follows women from different occupations, statuses and countries in the industrialized world. Are they all struggling to crack that glass ceiling? “It’s funny, that because I’m one of the few women working in this company the first assumption is that I am a cleaner,” says IT Director Mervi Lampinen. Dipping into motion graphics, The Glass Ceiling takes you on an astonishing ride to the real world of gender equality in the workplace. We are in a world where statistics descend into the characters and reveal uncomfortable truths. Finland’s former president Tarja Halonen and the legendary PBS Newshour journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault share their insights on these hidden barriers. But what does the glass ceiling mean? “This is as much an issue for people of color as much as it is for women." On the street.