glass ceiling

(redirected from a glass ceiling)

glass ceiling

A societal barrier that prevents women and minorities from advancing in the workplace. Many people believe that a glass ceiling exists within the tech industry because not many women hold prominent positions in the field.
See also: ceiling, glass

glass ceiling

An unacknowledged discriminatory barrier to advancement, especially for women and minorities. For example, Harriet knew she'd never be promoted-she would never get through the glass ceiling. [1980s]
See also: ceiling, glass

the glass ceiling

COMMON If you talk about the glass ceiling, you mean the opinions and attitudes which prevent people, especially women, from being given the most important jobs. At the age of 43 she became the highest ranking woman officer in the country, only to find she'd hit the glass ceiling. A woman judge has at last succeeded in breaking through the glass ceiling into the Court of Appeal, the second highest court in the land.
See also: ceiling, glass
References in periodicals archive ?
A glass ceiling and clerestory define the separation between the two structures.
There was never a glass ceiling and women had no barriers to break--this was our playing field all along,"
Sara Mirski, development director with Leviev Boymelgreen, one of the most active, successful and highly capitalized developers in New York, believes women have a natural talent for the multi-tasking that today's residential industry requires and says ignorance is bliss when it comes to a glass ceiling.
Ms Hill believes that organisations in which a glass ceiling exists are those without confidence, those that lack the imagination to see the potential rewards of a diverse management team.
The unfortunates on the sticky floor are worse off than women or blacks who hit a glass ceiling .
According to the study, only 30 percent of women executives and 43 percent of male executives believe that women have the same opportunities as men do in the workplace today -- supporting the existence of a glass ceiling.
But in a provocative new paper, organizational development expert Adrian Savage cites another more powerful and common cause for a glass ceiling that affects both sexes.
Is there a glass ceiling in the high tech industry?
Nearly two-thirds of women surveyed believe a glass ceiling is a