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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Recent Examples on the Web Contributing editor Arielle Emmett spoke with pilots, instructors and recruiters to try to identify the factors that have in large part prevented women aviators from shattering the glass ceiling at 20,000 feet. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Twenty-Five of Our Favorite Stories From 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 India’s coronavirus lockdowns have only fortified the glass ceiling for the country’s female workforce. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s Covid-19 lockdown pushed more women out of an already shrinking female workforce," 17 Dec. 2020 And learn how Jane Fraser broke banking’s highest glass ceiling here. David Meyer, Fortune, "COVID-19’s hit on holiday spending," 20 Oct. 2020 Major League Baseball breaks a glass ceiling on behalf of four major U.S. sports. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Dolly Parton loves you," 20 Nov. 2020 Black women still hit a hard glass ceiling when aiming for higher office, though. Gladys Mitchell-walthour, The Conversation, "‘My vote will be Black’ – A wave of Afro-Brazilian women ran for office in 2020 but found glass ceiling hard to break," 24 Nov. 2020 The glass ceiling has been an ugly barrier in American society for far too long. Star Tribune, "Miami Marlins hit a line drive through the glass ceiling," 18 Nov. 2020 Vice President-elect Kamala Harris shatter an enormous glass ceiling Saturday. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: ‘We did it’ — Kamala Harris shatters a glass ceiling, but a big one remains," 10 Nov. 2020 And now with Howard University alum Harris making history by breaking the glass ceiling for all women as the first female vice president, Washington will be — more than ever — the epicenter of Black female power. Washington Post, "Black women have been speaking for years. Maybe now, the rest of America will listen.," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of glass ceiling

1984, in the meaning defined above

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29 Dec 2020

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“Glass ceiling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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glass ceiling


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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