In response, the CIA commissioned the “glass ceiling Study” to see if artificial barriers against advancement existed.
Each time she broke through a glass ceiling, she felt a weight on her back.
The glass ceiling at the CIA, like most of corporate America, is still in place, but at least it has plenty of cracks.
An unacknowledged — and ultimately illegal — barrier to advancement, especially for women and people of color: “In many professions a woman cannot break through the glass ceiling to the upper level of management.” The term dates from the 1980s.
A solid but invisible barrier against women's advancement in business and other institutions: Women could all stop wearing lipstick and blusher tomorrow, and I doubt it would help them break through the glass ceiling/ the sound of glass ceilings breaking as women empowered by the Clinton Administration rise to new positions of influence (1990+)