glass ceiling


glass ceiling
noun
a ceiling based on attitudinal or organizational bias in the work force that prevents minorities and women from advancing to leadership positions
Hypernyms: ↑ceiling, ↑roof, ↑cap

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noun, pl ⋯ -ings [count]
: an unfair system or set of attitudes that prevents some people (such as women or people of a certain race) from getting the most powerful jobs
— usually singular

women executives trying to break through the glass ceiling

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ˌglass ˈceiling [glass ceiling] noun usually singular
the way in which unfair attitudes can stop women, or other groups, from getting the best jobs in a company, etc. although there are no official rules to prevent them from getting these jobs

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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