Definition of glass cliff in English:

glass cliff


  • Used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high.

    ‘we don't know if women face the glass cliff in tech more than other industries’
    ‘even where women do manage to break through the glass ceiling, they fall off the glass cliff’
    as modifier ‘the glass cliff phenomenon’


2004: coined by psychologists Michelle Ryan and Alex Haslam on the pattern of glass ceiling.