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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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I propose that precisely because we still have a gender gap, a woman occupying a ranking position in an institution catches people's attention, and then leaves an impression that there is no glass ceiling.
Glass cliffs/precipices describe the situation of people who are able to get past the glass ceiling but then confront a greater risk of failure in their high position because people's prejudices still remain, making them quick to find fault and to demand that a person step down.
GLASS ceiling, until recently, was a term referring to the career limitations women experience through either general devaluation of females in the workplace or the limiting effects of childcare and other factors upon careers.
Yet her determination to broaden my options chipped at the glass ceiling for me.
It is important for us to acknowledge that the glass ceiling is the one that prevents us from doing our best work; it is the ceiling that diminishes our worth, dampens our enthusiasm and mistreats our talents.
I trusted that the open door allowed one to enter a room where the glass ceiling could be penetrated.
4] Hymowitz and Schellhardt used the term glass ceiling to describe this discrimination in 1986:
The executive suite seemed within their grasp, but they just couldn't break through the glass ceiling.
Research on this glass ceiling demonstrated that it can be subtle yet systematic.
Unfortunately, breaking the glass ceiling does not appear to be a high priority for health care organizations.
In order to sustain that growth, however, the glass ceiling must be broken.
Glass ceiling factors may be blatant and obvious, as in sexual harassment and gender and racial discrimination.
Department of Labor in A Report on the Glass Ceiling Initiative, which describes the results of an investigation of nine large U.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling suggests that certain pressures exist for females in today's corporate workplace, such as demands of the job itself, plus additional pressures due to the fact that many women in corporate management positions are "pioneers" in the role.
Another explanation offered for the persistence of the glass ceiling is the widespread stereotype that females are not suited for managerial work.