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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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a situation in which progress, esp promotion, appears to be possible but restrictions or discrimination create a barrier that prevents it
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an upper limit to professional advancement, esp. as imposed upon women, that is not readily perceived or openly acknowledged.
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|Noun||1.||glass ceiling - a ceiling based on attitudinal or organizational bias in the work force that prevents minorities and women from advancing to leadership positions|
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