When I hear the word elite. I think about someone who is in power.
I think about the wealthiest person, politicians, most actors,
actresses. I think about people who are behind the scenes, making the
tons of money like large owners and executives. I also
think about people who has the power to make and break a law. Being in
a couple of Sociology classes, I’ve gotten a clear definition of what
an elite is. An elite is someone who have control of wealth, privilege,
and access to decision-making.
There are both women and men that is apart of the power elite.
Lets look at Oprah. Some people might agree that even though she is not
a politician, she is inspirational and one of the most richest African
Americans in the United States. Some people would agree that she wrote
an inspirational book and had the power to influence people, makes her
apart of the power elite. There is definitely diversity in the power
elite. Although there are women in the power elite, some may say that
there are few in the circles of the power elites. Most people view
women as wives and daughters, regardless of whether or not they are on
the boards of top corporations. “Women stick to staying at home, or
helping the community doing volunteer work, leave the elite status for
men of education,” a 21-year old student of SUNY Geneseo said. He also
mentioned that less than one in every five leaders is a woman.
Taking a look at history. Women didn’t have privileges the way men
did. Affirmative action programs and social change led women to sit on
the boards of the country’s largest corporations. Women are a part of
the power elite. Women directors most often take the business route to
corporate board membership. While men usually spend years moving up in
positions, in the end joining the board, women are more likely to start
small companies or work as consultants and serve as outside...