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English definition of “glass ceiling”

glass ceiling

noun [C usually singular]
 
 
HR, WORKPLACE
something that prevents someone from getting a more important position in their organization: Women have made scant progress in breaking through the glass ceiling to reach top corporate executive and boardroom positions. Few people who hit the glass ceiling are inclined to go through the additional pain of a complaint to the government.
(Definition of glass ceiling from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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