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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

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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The proposition argued that the glass ceiling is a matter of psychological barrier rather than a reality and that women create the glass ceiling for themselves and in order to overcome it they must believe that it does not exist.
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.
Tired, stressed and exhausted from trying to balance full-time work with organising the childcare duties and the children's own timetables regarding school/ballet/football/piano lessons etc etc, it is no wonder that women aren't even attempting to reach the glass ceiling at work, when they are not given the support to break through the one at home.
The current study examines two of the above issues, the glass ceiling and the gender pay gap, in relation to one very important subset of the U.
These figures demonstrate that if employers put their mind to it, women can get a fair deal and break through the glass ceiling.
The glass ceiling facing women in business is a barrier mostly in the mind of the beholder, say a number of Colorado women CEOs who have shattered the glass.
Today, we talk about the glass ceiling that exists for top black corporate executives, Aunt Freddie broke the glass ceiling just by getting accepted to Hunter.
The glass ceiling is a lot thinner than it was in 1969 when I began my career as an educator.
Since the term was popularized in the 1980s, the glass ceiling has become a significant concept in the American workplace.
At the very top, the glass ceiling is still largely in place.
New anti-discrimination laws are needed to help women and ethnic minorities smash the glass ceiling to promotion, the Law Society said today.
Women working as lawyers and nurses felt they were the most likely to meet the glass ceiling.
THE GLASS CEILING IS DEFINED AS "THOSE ARTIFICIAL barriers based on attitudinal or organizational bias that prevent qualified individuals from advancing upward in their organization into management level positions.