glass ceiling

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glass (indicating transparency to allude to the often unacknowledged nature of the limitation) + ceiling (suggesting a barrier to upward advancement)

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glass ceiling (plural glass ceilings)

  1. (idiomatic) An unwritten, uncodified barrier to further promotion or progression, in employment and elsewhere, for a member of a specific demographic group.

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