Idiom of the Day – “The Glass Ceiling”

 The “glass ceiling” refers to the invisible barriers that women face that prevent them from being promoted to higher positions. The progress that women are making is often referred to as “shattering the glass ceiling” or “cracks in the glass ceiling.” For example, in June 2008, when presidential candidate Hilary Clinton conceded the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, she famously said, “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it, and the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time.”

Related to this idea is the expression “the corporate ladder.”  To climb the corporate ladder means to move up in the hierarchy of a corporation.