Meaning of glass cliff in English:

glass cliff


  • Used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high.

    ‘we don't know if women face the glass cliff in tech more than other industries’
    • ‘even where women do manage to break through the glass ceiling, they fall off the glass cliff’
    • ‘the glass cliff phenomenon’


2004: coined by psychologists Michelle Ryan and Alex Haslam on the pattern of glass ceiling.