Glass-ceiling meaning

An unacknowledged discriminatory barrier that prevents women and minorities from rising to positions of power or responsibility, as within a corporation.
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Institutional and social obstacles regarded as a barrier preventing women and certain minorities from advancing to the highest positions in business, government, etc.
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An unwritten, uncodified barrier to further promotion or progression for a member of a specific demographic group.
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Origin of glass-ceiling

  • glass, indicating transparency to allude to the unofficial nature of the limitation, and ceiling, suggesting a barrier to upward advancement.
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