glass ceiling


Definition of glass ceiling 

: an intangible barrier within a hierarchy that prevents women or minorities from obtaining upper-level positions

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Aside from the empowering imagery (at one point, Grande-as-God is shown literally breaking the glass ceiling with a hammer) and the constantly changing hair and makeup, the real scene stealer is the body paint. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Makeup Artists Are Recreating Ariana Grande's "God Is a Woman" Body Paint Look," 19 July 2018 Bee isn't the first female late-night host: Joan Rivers and then Chelsea Handler helped break that glass ceiling. Lorraine Berry, Marie Claire, "How 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' Came into Its Own," 10 May 2017 Incorporated into the property are a restaurant and bar—both overseen, as at the other NoMads, by chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara—and the first-ever NoMad Casino, housed beneath a Tiffany-glass ceiling. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Low-Key (But Still Luxe) Las Vegas," 22 Oct. 2018 Graham, who has repeatedly called out President Donald Trump, both for his policies and his demeanor, has found that plenty of voters are on board with her effort to shatter the state's glass ceiling. Ali Vitali /, NBC News, "Gwen Graham, the only woman running for Florida gov, hopes to break the glass ceiling," 7 July 2018 Barra shattered the glass ceiling in 2014 when GM tapped her as CEO. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "General Motors names Suryadevara as company's first female CFO," 13 June 2018 And even though the dining room is small, a gorgeous sunroom with stone walls and a glass ceiling more than makes up for it. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This Stone Farmhouse Is Made for Curling Up With Tea," 12 Oct. 2015 Giant inflatable soccer balls and flags of the world dangle from the gleaming glass ceiling of 19th century GUM shopping mall abutting Red Square. Angela Charlton, The Christian Science Monitor, "World Cup host Russia defies Soviet-era, hostile image with smiles," 20 June 2018 Adding to the glass ceiling in swimming is the idea that a winning coach is a looming authoritarian shouting down from the pool deck. Kaylen Ralph, Glamour, "Where Are All the Female Head Coaches?," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of glass ceiling

1984, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of glass ceiling

: an unfair system or set of attitudes that prevents some people (such as women or people of a certain race) from getting the most powerful jobs

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