Glass Ceiling

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  • A metaphor for the invisible barrier holding women and members of minority groups from attaining the top jobs in their chosen fields of employment. Glass ceilings allow them to see to the top of the corporate ladder but keep them from climbing the rungs.

    The term glass ceiling is believed to have been popularized after appearing in the 1986 Wall Street Journal cover story report on women in management. The reporters made the point that although in the 1980s women were filling almost a third of all management positions, most had little authority and were not well paid. “The executive suite seemed within their grasp, but they just couldn't break through the glass ceiling,” they stated.

    In 1991, the U.S. Department of Labor established a federal Glass ...

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