An unacknowledged discriminatory barrier that prevents women and minorities from rising to positions of power or responsibility, as within a corporation.(noun)
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Use "glass ceiling" in a sentence
"The event was scheduled after nightfall because the designer wanted dark skies over the glass ceiling in the Grand Palais – all the better to show off his neon-outlined set, complete with perspex street lights and twinkling black floor."