from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unacknowledged discriminatory barrier that prevents women and minorities from rising to positions of power or responsibility, as within a corporation.
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- n. An unwritten, uncodified barrier to further promotion or progression for a member of a specific demographic group.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ceiling based on attitudinal or organizational bias in the work force that prevents minorities and women from advancing to leadership positions
glass, indicating transparency to allude to the unofficial nature of the limitation, and ceiling, suggesting a barrier to upward advancement. (Wiktionary)
The event was scheduled after nightfall because the designer wanted dark skies over the glass ceiling in the Grand Palais – all the better to show off his neon-outlined set, complete with perspex street lights and twinkling black floor.