Meaning of glass ceiling in English:

glass ceiling


  • An unacknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women and members of minorities.

    ‘the first female to break through the glass ceiling in Engineering’
    • ‘Even with your defense of the article, it seems to me that she is blaming women for the glass ceiling that limits their advancement.’
    • ‘Successful initiatives for breaking the glass ceiling to upward mobility for minorities and women.’
    • ‘The minority of women who do break through the glass ceiling manage only because they rely on an army of other women who don't.’
    • ‘Are women in Corporate Japan finally breaking through the glass ceiling?’
    • ‘The problem for women is breaking through the glass ceiling, not getting equal compensation once they do so.’
    • ‘Yes, indeed, sexism is alive and well, even after you break through the glass ceiling.’
    • ‘There has been, of late, a lot of talk about women breaking the glass ceiling.’
    • ‘She's knocked hard on her own version of the glass ceiling, and broken through.’
    • ‘It is clear that more women are breaking through the glass ceiling to reach the top.’
    • ‘Or is there a firm glass ceiling at the workplace preventing talented women from moving upwards once they reach a certain level?’
    • ‘But if the glass ceiling that is excluding women from senior positions continues to operate, we will find ourselves with a problem in the future.’
    • ‘For long the debate on women bureaucrats has been confined to the glass ceiling and their ability to keep long working hours due to family pressures.’
    • ‘There is a glass ceiling against the women as a candidate for top positions.’
    • ‘So who said the glass ceiling was a thing of the past?’
    • ‘To get through the glass ceiling you need a diamond cutter.’
    • ‘We want to remove what might be perceived as a glass ceiling for women compared to men.’
    • ‘Is there a glass ceiling at tenure and promotion for female candidates?’
    • ‘The corporate glass ceiling is making a comeback in the boardroom with the number of UK women directors falling to a three-year low.’
    • ‘Many say their skills are not utilized well enough, and they feel they are hitting a glass ceiling in their adopted countries.’
    • ‘There is a glass ceiling on opportunity in this country.’


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