The Phrase ‘Glass Ceiling’ Stretches Back Decades

April 3, 2015 7:23 PM

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The Phrase ‘Glass Ceiling’ Stretches Back Decades

A possible start: a conversation between two women in 1979

Ellen Pao may have lost her gender-discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, the Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, but the coverage of her case thrust a powerful metaphor back into the spotlight: the “glass ceiling.”

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