glass ceiling


glass ceiling
glass ceilings
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When people refer to a glass ceiling, they are talking about the attitudes and traditions in a society that prevent women from rising to the top jobs.

In her current role she broke through the glass ceiling as the first woman to reach senior management level in the company...

They're now seeing their daughters hitting the glass ceiling and they are horrified at the effects.


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  • glass ceiling — ˌglass ˈceiling also glass wall noun [countable] HUMAN RESOURCES the attitudes in an organization that prevent women from rising beyond a certain level, despite having the necessary skills and ability: • the glass ceiling keeping women executives …   Financial and business terms

  • glass ceiling — n [singular] the attitudes and practices that prevent women or particular groups from getting high level jobs, even though there are no actual laws or rules to stop them ▪ Goodhue shattered the glass ceiling as the first female publisher at Time… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • glass ceiling — The glass ceiling is the discrimination that prevents women and minorities from getting promoted to the highest levels of companies and organisations …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • glass ceiling — see ceiling …   Modern English usage

  • glass ceiling — noun count an unfair system that prevents some people, especially women, from reaching the most senior positions in a company or organization …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • glass ceiling — n. an unofficial policy regarded as being imposed on women and minorities that prevents them from advancing to higher positions in business, government, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Glass ceiling — global|date=January 2008The term glass ceiling refers to situations where the advancement of a qualified person within the hierarchy of an organization is stopped at a lower level because of some form of discrimination, most commonly sexism or… …   Wikipedia

  • glass ceiling — noun a ceiling based on attitudinal or organizational bias in the work force that prevents minorities and women from advancing to leadership positions • Hypernyms: ↑ceiling, ↑roof, ↑cap * * * noun, pl ⋯ ings [count] : an unfair system or set of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • glass ceiling — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms glass ceiling : singular glass ceiling plural glass ceilings an unfair system that prevents some people, especially women, from reaching the most senior positions in a company or organization …   English dictionary

  • glass ceiling —    The glass ceiling is the discrimination that prevents women and minorities from getting promoted to the highest levels of companies and organisations.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions