Knowledge Center

Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Strategies for Success

This study identifies the barriers in the corporate culture to the development and advancement of women and gives a profile of exemplary corporate initiatives for eliminating the glass ceiling.

Impetus: Catalyst completed the study in response to a request from the Glass Ceiling Commission of the U.S. Department of Labor. We updated the study in 2000 to include findings from Catalyst’s research as well as current best practices.


  • Literature review.

  • Database search to collect corporate and professional initiatives that improved opportunities for employees.

Findings: Catalyst finds that workforce diversity continues to increase in most organizations. An integrated, multi-program, systemic approach to advancing women and people of color is recommended. 

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Labor, Mitsubishi Motors USA Foundation