glass ceiling
noun Date: 1984 an intangible barrier within the hierarchy of a company that prevents women or minorities from obtaining upper-level positions

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  • glass ceiling — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms glass ceiling : singular glass ceiling plural glass ceilings an unfair system that prevents some people, especially women, from reaching the most senior positions in a company or organization …   English dictionary

  • glass ceiling —    The glass ceiling is the discrimination that prevents women and minorities from getting promoted to the highest levels of companies and organisations.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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