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glass ceiling

glass ceiling

Date: Oct 11 2018

Themes: Celebrity, Work


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I’m very conscious of how important it is for us to shatter that glass ceiling in my country, a country that has done so much for so many women, and really has set the standard for women’s rights and responsibilities.”

Politician Hillary Clinton, talking about women’s rights in the US (Huffington Post)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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unfair system that keeps women and people of color from getting the most powerful jobs

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Have you ever seen a really clean glass window? It’s so clear that it looks like nothing is there. But then a bird flies straight into it. The hard thump when the bird hits the glass shows that the way is, in fact, blocked.

A glass ceiling is a lot like a clean glass window. It’s a barrier that you can’t see. For women, the glass ceiling means that they will have a harder time getting paid the same money as men do at their jobs. Or they might not advance as quickly or as far in a company as their male coworkers do. This isn’t always totally clear in the beginning, though. Women probably don’t see the glass ceiling when they start their careers. Just like men, they have dreams they want to achieve.

Politician Hillary Clinton thinks that it’s important for the US to break the glass ceiling. She says that Americans have done a lot to support equal rights for women and minorities, and she wants to finish the job.

Is there a glass ceiling in your country? Do you think that men and women should have the same job opportunities?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Women still make less money than men because of the glass ceiling.”

“The glass ceiling kept Heather from her dream of becoming the company’s next CEO.”

“My company is trying to break the glass ceiling by offering equal positions to men and women.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

a2020 Limitations.
by a2020
 julito an unfair attitude to women that prevents them to reach higher position in the corporate world.
by julito
raybanbcn I think that it's a invisible barrier that don't allows to do some things for example, the problems that one woman in a sexist society. the woman doesn't can to do all that she would like because there is a glass ceiling that doesn't allow do it
by raybanbcn
breaking rules
by swapna_k
Manu4 A common benefit for everyone.
by Manu4
glass ceiling means obstacle
by Valentina Monaco
social barriers
by vixuha

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Discrimination…kind of

02:26 AM Nov 01 2018 |




Yes, it is. u can plus the gender discrimination to this one, also. Yeah, I definitely believe that men and women have to be in the same level with equal rights.

08:15 PM Mar 13 2014 |

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Without any doubt ,we have glass ceiling in our country.The worse the economic background is ,the bigger limitations are for women.we have pretty serious standards for women,good appearance,height,education level,professional certificates and so on.On the other hand ,Married with child is preffered.

The disadvantages of a women maybe more than a man.Both women and man can totally display their abilites in a right position.Just give them opportunity and free space.

02:57 PM Mar 11 2014 |

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A very vivid adjective . glass ceiling in which is transparent but acutally existence !

11:18 AM Mar 09 2014 |

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qq_babySuper Member!


There is glass ceiling is Taiwan, too. Maybe it’s better in western countries, but I also think it’s better in Taiwan than in Japan or Korea.

08:06 PM Mar 08 2014 |



Saudi Arabia

what happen to women thats always end up in limited careers,

We must stop believing that only men can embody competitiveness, ambition, power. We must see that women bring these qualities  and more  to the workplace in a different, equally effective way. We should look at how the glass ceiling hinders their progress and reinforces a negative image of women.

12:40 AM Mar 07 2014 |




it’s not about getting paid less or higher , it’s about who will be able to take the hardest responsibilities ?? is it the woman or the man ,here is the questions ?? and the one who will take the hardest responsiblities is the one who deserve to be paid more ..

in my opinion women can’t be in the most powerful jobs cuz mental men are smarter than women while emotional women are better than man .. and I think that the powerful jobs depends inwisdom and deep thinking to find the right decisions ..

and history talk ..

11:23 PM Mar 06 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

in my country also there are a lot of glass ceiling for women…

12:37 PM Mar 06 2014 |



Russian Federation

the tacit rule, that women haven’t to admit to high regime

11:38 AM Mar 06 2014 |




In my country, I’m sure that there is a glass ceiling for a women. A man earns more money than a woman for the same job and He has more possibilities to obtain that job simply for be a man. 

Some years ago this was worst but now the society mentality is changing, I hope that  in some years this will be changed. 

09:39 AM Mar 06 2014 |




I don’t want to see that glass ceiling happen in our country. But it just exists…in many cities… 

08:20 AM Mar 06 2014 |



Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

The only glass ceiling I’ve found in my city is that they don’t enable young people to work.

07:01 AM Mar 06 2014 |




There’s definitely a glass ceiling over here! The minorities are always an option (and not a priority). People will not admit it, but if two men (a caucasian and a black, for example) who hold the same graduation and the same background apply to a job, I doubt that they’ll choose the black one. People are not openly racist (this is a crime in Brazil), but they always reveal their thoughts one way or another…

11:41 PM Mar 05 2014 |

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