Glass Ceiling

A barrier preventing females from reaching top positions in many organizations. [GB] In the analysis of women in the workplace, this concept is useful for describing the invisible barriers that block the promotion of women. It refers to barriers that are not explicit but are inherent in the social organization and social relationships of the workplace. For example, women may find their corporate careers obstructed because they are excluded from the recreational and social associations created by male fellow workers and lack the social contacts that are important in gaining status and recognition