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Definition of Glass Ceiling

(noun) An artificial, unseen, and often unacknowledged discriminatory barrier that prevents otherwise qualified people such as women and minorities from rising to positions of leadership and power, particularly within a corporation.

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  • “The glass ceiling operates so that although all applicants may be welcomed by the firm at entry levels, when it comes to powerful managerial and executive positions, there are limits, generally unstated, on the number of women and nonwhites welcomed or even tolerated. Women may be doing better at getting top management positions than minorities, but they still lag well behind men” (McNamee and Miller 2013:196).

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Cite the Definition of Glass Ceiling

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “glass ceiling.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/glass-ceiling/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

glass ceiling. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/glass-ceiling/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “glass ceiling.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/glass-ceiling/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“glass ceiling.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/glass-ceiling/>.