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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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Amongst many other causes, the presence of the 'glass ceiling' has been identified as one of the most influential barriers that hinder women's advancements to leadership positions (Al-Manasra, 2013).
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 commission recommends that all government agencies, as employers, increase their efforts to eliminate internal glass ceilings by examining their practices for promoting qualified minorities and women to senior management and decision-making positions.
workforce today, yet only three percent in the largest service and industrial companies have managed to break through what has been labeled "the glass ceiling" in corporate America.
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George terminal has great new expansive architecture featuring 40-foot glass ceilings with a new promenade which will enhance new dining options which the management team is presently entertaining interest from many well know and quality restaurateurs.
Downsizings and reinforced glass ceilings have hit these managers hard, forcing them into formerly unthinkable career options such as retraining and entrepreneurships to survive.
'No, we don't have glass ceilings for women in the Philippines,' I heard a female university official once telling foreign visitors.
"We are breaking those glass ceilings. We are breaking down doors."
"We're not here to whine about glass ceilings," says Wysong.
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.
The lack of clear policies to promote women rising to clergy positions and senior leadership positions has worsened the already existing barriers for women to break the glass ceiling in the denominational churches in some parts of the world.