What Is a Glass Escalator?

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While the term "glass ceiling" is used by women who feel they cannot advance in male-dominated fields, "glass escalator" refers to the term men use who cannot advance in female-dominated fields. Such professions include nursing, teaching and social work.

Until the past few decades, it was difficult for women, no matter how skilled they were, to find any kind of job in corporate America. Now that the playing field has been evened, some people do not take into consideration that certain industries, with predominantly female managers, may experience the same sort of sexism. An employee needs to be treated fairly and not get stuck under a "glass ceiling" or stuck on a "glass escalator" according to the law of the United States.