Glossary Term: Glass Ceiling

Definition

A glass ceiling is an unofficially acknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession. Particularly, those that affect women and members of minorities.

Is a glass ceiling a form of discrimination?

Yes. A glass ceiling refers to the prevention of a qualified individual from advancing within his or her organization. They often remain at lower levels due to discrimination often based on sexism or racism.

How can glass ceilings affect mental health?

Workplace struggles of any nature have a direct effect on mental health. A stalled career and the inability to gain a higher income can leave individuals with feelings of anxiety and self-doubt.

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