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glass ceiling

noun
1.
an upper limit to professional advancement, especially as imposed upon women, that is not readily perceived or openly acknowledged.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90
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British Dictionary definitions for glass ceiling

glass ceiling

noun
1.
a situation in which progress, esp promotion, appears to be possible but restrictions or discrimination create a barrier that prevents it
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glass ceiling in Culture

glass ceiling definition


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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for glass ceiling

glass ceiling

noun phrase

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+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with glass ceiling

glass ceiling

An unacknowledged discriminatory barrier to advancement, especially for women and minorities. For example, Harriet knew she'd never be promoted—she would never get through the glass ceiling. [ 1980s ]
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