Glass ceiling is an unofficial barrier in workplace advancement, usually in regard to women or minority groups. The term â€˜glass ceilingâ€™ refers to the transparent but real and strong barrier which prevents women from moving up in the management hierarchy in an organization (Morrison & Glinow, 1990). In economics, the term glass ceiling refers to situations where the advancement of a qualified person within the hierarchy of an organization is stopped at a lower level because of some form of discrimination, most commonly sexism or racism.
This situation is referred to as a "ceiling" as there is a limitation blocking upward advancement, and "glass" (transparent) because the limitation is not immediately apparent and is normally an unwritten and unofficial policy.
There a number of factors that keeps the glass ceiling in effect. One of them is the gender stereotype.
The â€œglass ceilingâ€ has come to mean an invisible, but virtually impenetrable, barrier between women and the executive suite, preventing them from reaching the highest levels of the corporate world regardless of their accomplishments and merits. The term refers to specific attitudinal and organizational barriers that severely limit opportunities for the upward mobility of qualified women candidates. its definatetly bad for the culture, society and in organization.