teto de vidro; barreira invisível; preconceito; discriminação

An unacknowledged discriminatory barrier that prevents women and minorities from rising to positions of power or responsibility, as within a corporation. This term describes the discrimination that women and minorities often experience when trying to advance into an organization's senior management levels.
- Mary knew she'd never be promoted--she would never get through the glass ceiling (ela nunca conseguiria atravessar a barreira da discriminação; ir além do teto determinado para uma mulher).
- Women are everywhere these days. Breaking so-called glass ceilings, making decisions of state, even appearing on a major American political party's national ticket.