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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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It is important for us to acknowledge that the glass ceiling is the one that prevents us from doing our best work; it is the ceiling that diminishes our worth, dampens our enthusiasm and mistreats our talents.
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.
Several authors have written about the impact of the glass ceiling on physicians and how it has prevented them from achieving positions of governance and leadership.
Department of Labor in A Report on the Glass Ceiling Initiative, which describes the results of an investigation of nine large U.
The Wisconsin Glass Ceiling Commission reviewed the effectiveness of management leadership, recruitment and selection practices, professional development opportunities, and programs and initiatives.
We used to have glass ceilings depending on the colour of one's skin and it is a great pleasure to see the gradual paradigm shift that has occurred over the years where one's ethnic origin features less and less in the limitation of one's career.
He said: "Apart from the fact you've got more equality than you ever can deal with, the fact of the matter is that you've got real democracy and there are really no glass ceilings, despite the fact that some of you moan about it all the time.
I agree with them entirely - glass ceilings in workplaces are a terrible idea as they enable people on the floor below to look up the secretaries' skirts.
The piece examines the small number of African Americans who have cracked top-level corporate glass ceilings.
Even as the media continues to paint a pessimistic picture of the corporate female banging her head against the glass ceiling, or as one newspaper put it recently, the "shatter-proof, shock-resistant Plexiglas ceiling," a little-noticed study came out announcing that women are poised to take the reins.
Be pleased you're not wasting PS18,000 a year educating your daughter at the Francis Holland School in London where head teacher Vivienne Durham is telling girls to keep their heads bowed low beneath that glass ceiling.
Gressel ends with a call to action by other scientists and by agribusinesses to crack the glass ceiling of production and provide safe food for all(including a tomato that has flavor).