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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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I know that some of you are now thinking, with glass ceilings and glass floors, why not make it an entire glass house, and the advice: People who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others.
The glass ceilings that now seem to affect us are around the stakeholdership we have and the ability to participate in an increasingly technological society.
One might argue that even a thin glass ceiling successfully holds down promising women -- that where any glass ceiling exists, there is the loss of opportunity.
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.
The glass ceiling may exist at different levels in different corporations, but most place it just below general management positions.
Thwarted by the additional hurdle of a now cemented-over glass ceiling, black MBAs have been humbled, learning not to believe the hype formerly associated with their degree.
Graham and to be the first major election systems company to shatter the glass ceiling," said Kathryn Ferguson, Sequoia's vice president of corporate communications.
She is, of course, well known for her work to remove glass ceilings where they exist in corporate America, having issued the government's first two reports on the subject while serving as the first chair of the Glass Ceiling Commission.
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).
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.