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Glass Ceiling

The term ‘glass ceiling’ is often used in a situation when a woman or someone from a minority group has had a hard time climbing up the professional ladder, and seems to have plateaued professionally below their actual potential.

Example in use:  “She was not able to break through the glass ceiling; despite her qualifications, she was not promoted to the executive level position.”


Interesting fact about Glass Ceiling

This term was first heard in 1978 when Marilyn Loden (an American author) mentioned this in a speech she gave. Hillary Clinton recently made it very popular again when she used this term after she lost the political election in 2016.