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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.
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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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Unfortunately, breaking the glass ceiling does not appear to be a high priority for health care organizations.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling suggests that certain pressures exist for females in today's corporate workplace, such as demands of the job itself, plus additional pressures due to the fact that many women in corporate management positions are "pioneers" in the role.
"Much loved and admired as an artiste by people in India and around the world, she is also recognised as a global Indian - a woman who has broken the glass ceiling to reach the highest echelons of international stardom - and for her philanthropic work as Unicef's global goodwill ambassador," read a statement, describing the journey of the former beauty queen and actress of movies such as Bajirao Mastani and Mary Kom.
There is therefore need for existing leaders in denominational churches and religious institutions to provide supportive leadership behavior to women serving in different leadership positions to break the glass ceiling. By supportive leadership behavior, I mean behavior that gives respect to women and allows them an opportunity to lead; and allows them to rise to the top in denominational and religious institutions.
Jo Haigh, who has homes in Denby Dale and London and works in corporate finance, will give a talk and sign copies of her latest book, Tales From the Glass Ceiling: A Survival Guide for Women in Business, on Thursday, July 3.
Smashing the glass ceiling by sacrificing biological urges while others refuse will not change that.
That is ineffective and ensures that stereotypes abound and that the glass ceiling for gays on network television not only exists but thickens.
Jones worked as an international consultant for AT&T before founding Youth LINKS, but left because she felt shed "hit the glass ceiling." She started Youth LINKS to get her nephew, Walden, interested in technology.
Working in the Dark by Yvonne Grays Nathane VK Press, November 2000, $12.00, ISBN 0-967-56360-7 Charvette Lee becomes frustrated with the glass ceiling while trying to survive in a hostile work place.
Women are always complaining about the glass ceiling that indisputably exists in corporate America, making it impossible for female executives to reach the very highest echelons.
Women working as lawyers and nurses felt they were the most likely to meet the glass ceiling.