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Glass Ceiling

A situation in which a person cannot advance in an organization because of real or perceived sexism, racism or some other form of discrimination. For example, very few CEOs in the United States are women; this fact forms a glass ceiling for women in business. Glass ceilings are usually illegal but are difficult to prosecute because choosing one candidate over another is often unquantifiable.

glass ceiling

the impenetrable yet invisible barrier which prevents most women from reaching senior management positions, despite attempts to tackle DISCRIMINATION in employment over the last twenty-five years. The glass ceiling exists because male senior managers tend to believe that the values and talents necessary for senior management positions are more likely to be found in men. In other words male managers recruit new managers in their own image.
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The glass ceiling may exist at different levels in different corporations, but most place it just below general management positions.
Of note, only 9 percent of nondiverse males think there is a glass ceiling for women and minorities at their organization.
When the Civil Rights Act of 1991 established the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission, its mission was to assess the barriers hindering "the advancement of women and minorities to management and decision-making positions" and make recommendations toward bringing down such barriers.
Clear and convincing evidence of the glass ceiling in medicine can be found in the observation that female physicians in academic medical centers are likely to be promoted at a slower rate and receive less compensation than male physicians with equivalent tenure.
What Senator Hillary Clinton has done rhetorically in her presidential campaign, with frequent references to shattering the 'highest and hardest glass ceiling,' we did literally both to celebrate the many successes of women and to draw attention to the continual need to bring equity and parity to the workplace.
Other topics tackled in this year's Glass Ceiling Report include flex-time policies, business development initiatives for female attorneys, the gender gap among equity partners, and the dearth of firms with women in the top leadership position.
The entrepreneur, 55, who made her fortune in freight haulage, says she still believes that there is no such thing as a glass ceiling.
Three out of four women questioned by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) said a glass ceiling was still a barrier to top jobs, but only 38% of men agreed.
Jo Haigh, who has homes in Denby Dale and London and works in the demanding world of corporate finance, recounts her own experiences of the business world in the book, Tales From the Glass Ceiling, which will be published on July 3 by Piatkus.
THE glass ceiling blocking promotion for thousands of women is shaming.
WORK yesterday started on restoring an historic North Wales pier's glass ceiling to its 1930s' Art Deco heyday.
For example, The Oak Room and Oak Bar, and Palm Court, with its magnificently restored stained glass ceiling, will once again offer the finest food, beverage and service in their storied environments," he said.