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It is clear to see from this case that Cheryl is currently very successful at the job she is doing at Copro and she is held at very high esteem by her colleagues, her boss and the CEO of the company. But we can see that she is at a stage where she is questioning herself as a mother to her daughter and wants to spend more time with her. She has already built up her career to quite a high level within the company but as can be seen with the case, she is struggling to come to terms with moving up even higher to a senior level management position. This is not uncommon, as an article in the Irish Times suggests that having children does in fact hold women back and it gives rise to the “glass ceiling” where because of family life or other factors, women find it hard to gain entry into the upper echelons of their careers, it also says that women have lower aspirations than men (Holmquist 2008). But this is in contrast to Cheryl, Cheryl is ambitious and she seems to want to succeed and receive her promotion, she actively talks about it to her boss. Furthermore we can see that Cheryl is having trouble with childcare and covering this need for her daughter, we can see that her daughter does have a loving au pair but that doesn’t come without problems. Moreover from the case we can see that her husband is continuing with his work and the fact of their daughter does not seem to be impacting him. This is not uncommon either, because men in the family have always traditionally been seen to be the partner that goes out and works and gathers the economic prosperity for the family, if you will, and the wife would be the child-bearer and look after the household and the children. The Irish constitution even gives an inherent right for women to do this in Article 41, sub section 2.2. In the case we can see this from Cheryl’s perspective. She is in a position where she can further her…...

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