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glass ceil·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. glass ceilingnoun

    a ceiling based on attitudinal or organizational bias in the work force that prevents minorities and women from advancing to leadership positions


  1. glass ceilingnoun

    An unwritten, uncodified barrier to further promotion or progression for a member of a specific demographic group.

  2. Etymology: glass, indicating transparency to allude to the unofficial nature of the limitation, and ceiling, suggesting a barrier to upward advancement.


  1. glass ceiling

    A glass ceiling is a metaphorical term used to represent an invisible barrier that prevents certain individuals, typically women or people from minority groups, from achieving advancement, progression, or success in their professional careers, regardless of their qualifications or achievements. The barrier is not openly acknowledged or visible, but it effectively restricts their upward mobility essentially due to discriminatory practices.


  1. Glass ceiling

    A glass ceiling is a political term used to describe "the unseen, yet unbreakable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements." Initially, the metaphor was applied by feminists in reference to perceived barriers in the careers of high achieving women. In the US, the concept is sometimes extended to refer to perceived obstacles hindering the advancement of minority men, as well as women.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glass ceiling in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glass ceiling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of glass ceiling in a Sentence

  1. Barbara Mikulski:

    I'm ready for Hillary. And America is ready for Hillary. She is going to break that glass ceiling once and for all, when we put Hillary in the Oval Office, she will make history and change history. She will take our hopes and dreams with her.

  2. Merav Michaeli:

    I think it's my responsibility as a legislator to help women who cannot break this -- it is not a glass ceiling, it is an iron gate, it's our responsibility to take care of equality, to make sure that equality is not a matter of choice, but rather a mandatory issue.

  3. Harris Pastides:

    I hope she is No. 1, she taught us how to break the glass ceiling for women's basketball and women's coaches right here at South Carolina.

  4. Jim Clyburn:

    Emotionally, people are attached to Hillary Clinton on many different levels, there are people who want to see the glass ceiling smashed and there are people who want to see our party lay out a progressive agenda.

  5. Ellen Malcolm:

    In 2016, it is time to shatter that glass ceiling and put a woman in the White House, it is time to finish the job. We want Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States.

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