At the heart of White's study of the glass ceiling where the corporate ladder for women executives too often terminates are profiles of female executives "near the top" of 11 U.S. firms: Honeywell, Martin Marietta, Eastman Kodak, Levi Strauss, Hewlett Packard, River West Developments, M/A-Com, Richard A. Eisner & Co., MTV, AICorp., and Intel. (She wanted more profiles, but potential subjects feared their employers would not approve.) White argues that three developments make it likely corporate glass will shatter: the Supreme Court's 1990 decision supporting Ann Hopkins' claim of sex discrimination against Price Waterhouse, the U.S. Department of Labor's Glass Ceiling Initiative (announced in 1990 by the Labor secretary then, Elizabeth Dole, who has written a brief foreword to this book), and workplace demographics. White dispels myths, sketches statistical trends, and analyzes the status quo; gets down to cases with 11 female executives; and uses additional case studies to discuss subjects from choosing alternative career paths to filing a sex discrimination lawsuit. The case study approach produces a wealth of practical advice businesswomen will appreciate and can put to good use.