Concrete ceiling harder to break than glass for women of colour

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2003

When people talk about barriers to advancement of women in the workplace, they commonly refer to it as the “glass ceiling,” but for women of visible minority it’s a “concrete ceiling.”

A recent study conducted by Catalyst Women — a North American consulting firm for the advancement of women in business — confirms this. It shows that women of colour are dealing with a much deeper, systemic problem. The majority of participants in Women of Colour Executives: Their Voices, Their Journeys agreed this ceiling is harder to break than glass.

“There’s the myth that being a women of colour in business is a double plus. But, what we actually learned is that it’s a double minus,” says Sheila Wellington, president of Catalyst Women.