By Amaranth Xena Soleil Saludar
The glass ceiling is “an intangible barrier within a hierarchy that prevents women or minorities from obtaining upper-level positions,” which six students at De La Salle University-Manila aimed “to go forth beyond.”
Amber Borromeo, Addie Holgado, Anica Garcia, Alexandra Ragunton, Anecha Rodrigazo, and Mikaela Amadora decided to create an advocacy project called Through The Looking Glass (TLG PH), intending “to give a deeper understanding of the most pressing issues in today’s society.”
According to Borromeo, one of the project heads, the campaign got inspired by Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass — the TLG PH team trusts that this movie gave light to the glass ceiling issues.
“[Alice] dreamed of going to Wonderland, a place where anything goes; anyone can be anything, and anything can be anyone they wished… The heroine herself pushed for free choice, taking on leadership, and vying for equal cooperation rather than just allowing a dominant gender to make the decisions on her behalf. In this campaign, we advocate for the better and the same treatment in this society. We aim to be our version of Alice Kingsley, breaking barriers, and belief in the impossible,” expounded Borromeo.
Borromeo also said that their team initiated this project to address issues that must be discussed, especially in these trying times. One of these issues is the glass ceiling that they claim to be “long-standing [and is] somehow perceived as a role that women must [play].”
Borromeo encouraged everyone to live their life the way they want it to no matter their gender and to break the ‘glass ceiling’ that separates people from each other.
“I would want to let everyone know that you should always follow the path you want for yourself. No matter what gender you want to live your life in, being able to do what you love is an achievement… Being discriminated against and barricaded by the glass ceiling has definitely stretched not only towards women but to other gender and ethnicity as well. This advocacy helps spread awareness that it is okay to break the barrier that separates the higher power from us, and it should be taken down,” she uplifted.
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