The word glass is used a lot of business management metaphors that use glass to describe the invisible concerns and plights of certain groups. The glass ceiling may be the most familiar. Recently, I have come across another term.
The glass escalator bounced onto my radar during my dissertation. This term describes the advantage of being a man in a stereotypically female profession. Christine L. Williams examined this phenomenon in four female-dominated professions: nursing, librarianship, elementary school teaching, and social work. Men who worked in these “untraditional” fields faced discrimination outside of their chosen profession, but internally they were given token status with great benefits. From Williams: