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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
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Which leads me to propose that if there are glass ceilings, there are also glass floors, meaning for women to go up a hierarchy, they have to tread slowly, carefully, even quietly.
The glass ceilings that now seem to affect us are around the stakeholdership we have and the ability to participate in an increasingly technological society.
Not In The Club may not shatter the glass ceiling, but it should help organizations incorporate strategies for dismantling it.
Their study of historical and contemporary Black women and their experiences within churches in the United States suggests that Black women continue the legacy of their past, confronting the stained glass ceiling in pursuing their call to ministry and in identifying strategies for leading in the face of resistance.
Oakley (2000) lists the glass ceiling barriers as including: lack of line management experience; inadequate career opportunities; gender differences in socialization and linguistic styles; gender-based stereotypes; the old boy network persisting at the top of organizations; and tokenism.
Perhaps a more accurate explanation for women's competitiveness regarding inclusion on the power list is that they know the glass ceiling remains firmly in place--especially in the media and entertainment industries.
In 1995, the Glass Ceiling Commission, a panel sponsored by the U.
Less commonly talked about, but maybe of greater importance, is the domestic one - the glass ceiling at home that prevents women from reaching their full potential.
I think there is a glass ceiling, I think that's obvious.
The current study examines two gender-related phenomena, the existence of a glass ceiling and the magnitude of a gender pay gap, with respect to the upper echelons of management in the Fortune 100 companies.
I don't know if there's going to be a big purge--there aren't many politicians as careless as Mark was but there's little doubt the glass ceiling is going to be lowered significantly for gays in the GOP.
A glass ceiling and clerestory define the separation between the two structures.
This book exhorts the reader to focus on who she is, where she is, and how she plans to use her knowledge and resources to shatter the glass ceiling to get to the next level.
GLASS CEILING Despite the long history and many attractions of glassy metal, it's been largely ignored by industry--and with good reason.
Visitors can enter the pedestal of the statue, which has a new glass ceiling allowing for views of the interior.