As I was in the midst of teaching the ancient Roman Stoic Epictetus at Oakdale Prison, an inmate stood up and launched into an argument that Stoicism is a loser’s philosophy. I challenged him: “What does it mean to be a loser? Was Jesus on the cross a loser?
Hitting a glass ceiling is a metaphor for the experience professional women have of finding subtle obstacles in the way of their advancement. But most working women in the world don’t hit a glass ceiling. They scratch out a meager income while caring for domestic concerns at home.