Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 09:33:02 -0500

From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM

Subject: Re: RE Glass Ceiling

Thomas Goetz in this week's Village Voice has a bit at the end of his "Press Clips" column

speculating on the term "glass ceiling."

"In this week's report on women's earnings, Barron's Gene Epstein traces the term 'glass ceiling'

to a March 1986 coinage in it sister publication, The Wall Street Journal. But a random walk

down Nexis shows U.P.I. used it in May 1985 and quoted the term in March 1984--two full years

before the Journal."

I somehow think this term is much older. Barry? Anyone?

I don't think it's much older. MW10 cites 1986 for its first example,

and OEDAS III has one from 1984; our evidence doesn't start to get

heavy until 1988 or so. It could be somewhat older, but it doesn't

seem like it's that old.

Jesse Sheidlower

Random House Reference