Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Schott's Miscellany 16 December 2009

Bandleader Glenn Miller was feared dead after his plane disappeared while flying over the English Channel (1944)


The "glass ceiling" is an unofficial (metaphorically invisible) barrier to promotion, usually "hit" by women, the disabled, members of ethnic minorities, or those who for whatever reason do not match the (unspoken) requirements of an organization. In 1991, the U.S. Department of Labor defined the glass ceiling as "those artificial barriers based on attitudinal or organizational bias that prevent qualified individuals from advancing upward in their organization into management-level positions." The Oxford English Dictionary traces the first use of the phrase to an Adweek article in 1984, and since then, a number of spin-off phrases have been coined:

Stained-glass ceilinga barrier to those in the Church
Celluloid ceilinga barrier to those in the film industry
Marble ceilinga barrier to those in politics
Paper ceilinga barrier to those in newspapers or publishing
Grass ceilinga barrier to those in the field of sport
Glass elevatorwhere some are unfairly promoted over those whose careers are "stuck"
Pink plateaua barrier to homosexuals in any field

What do I care about the purring of one who cannot love, like the cat?
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

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