In the past few months, Harris has spoken publicly on the need to work for the women who have become industrial fodder, those caught on the “sticky floor”.
—Deirdre Macken, “The Blooding of Cathy Harris,” Sydney Morning Herald, December 16, 1995
—Donna Britt, “A Guide For Sisters Hard at Work,” The Washington Post, April 27, 1993
Many of these workers are women, and the glass ceiling that so frustrates their female professional counterparts is for most of them irrelevant, a realization that prompted researcher Catherine White Berheide to offer a more appropriate building part to serve as a metaphor for the occupational frustrations of women. Ms. Berheide, a sociologist of work at Skidmore College in upstate New York, proposes the “sticky floor” as an image to encapsulate the plight of hundreds of thousands of women trapped in low-wage, low-mobility jobs in state and local government.
—Barbara Presley Noble, “And Now the ‘Sticky Floor’,” The New York Times, November 22, 1992