The glass ceiling.
an unofficial policy regarded as being imposed on women and minorities that prevents them from advancing to higher positions in business, government, etc.
An unacknowledged discriminatory barrier that prevents women and minorities from rising to positions of power or responsibility, as within a corporation.
(plural glass ceilings)
- An unwritten, uncodified barrier to further promotion or progression for a member of a specific demographic group.
- 2007: Women are “woefully” under-represented in parliament, the courts and the boardroom, with new research showing that the glass ceiling is still holding back 6,000 women from the top 33,000 jobs in Britain. — The Guardian 5th Jan 2007, p. 1