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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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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.
No, we don't have glass ceilings for women in the Philippines,' I heard a female university official once telling foreign visitors.
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.
The women will be mentored and supported to manage the challenge of the double glass ceiling and to prepare for their career progression in the workplace.
Women have been bumping into the glass ceiling ever since they entered the US labor force, so author Janet Pucino's thesis isn't new.
Odamten argues that women have always had roles that supersede the glass ceiling within the religious sphere, with some limitations.
Tales from the Glass Ceiling, published in 2008, sold out of its first reprint after five days and was the best-selling business book of the year - shifting more than 500,000 copies.
Studies exploring the issues comprising the glass ceiling suggest that this barrier is not a single obstacle but multiple obstacles (Kilian, Hukai, and McCarty 2005; MacRae 2005; Oakley 2000).
Is there any evidence that women have shattered the glass ceiling by achieving employment parity with their male counterparts?
Political scientists and Nevada observers say women in Nevada may face a thicker glass ceiling because of the state's small, male-dominated political environment and a history of frontier sexism, wrote Coolican (2006).
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).
Everyone knows about the glass ceiling - not the real ones in architectural textbooks, but the common situation facing women who see male colleagues promoted to higher job titles and management responsibilities while similarly qualified women are not.