glass ceiling



Invisible but real barrier through which the next stage or level of advancement can be seen, but cannot be reached by a section of qualified and deserving employees. Such barriers exist due to implicit prejudice on the basis of age, ethnicity, political or religious affiliation, and/or sex. Although generally illegal, such practices prevalent in most countries.

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  • Daisy felt she hit a glass ceiling at work, because all of her male coworkers were promoted to management positions, while she was still considered a junior employee.

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  • While many men and those who deny sexism say that gender equality has been reached and that the fight is over, there is still a glass ceiling for women to shatter in the workplace.

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  • Despite extra training and summer workouts with some of the all-time greats of the NBA, I believe Dwight Howard's offensive game has reached its glass ceiling.

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