I checked WORKING WOMAN and also MS. (on which I ran out of time today
before hitting 1986).
Mary Cunningham wrote a 1984 book called POWERPLAY: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
AT BENDIX. I didn't see "glass ceiling" in it.
In March 1984, WORKING WOMAN did a feature article called, "Women in
Corporations: just how far have we come?" It did NOT have "glass ceiling."
Thus, we can probably conclude that "glass ceiling" hadn't been coined--or it
would have been mentioned here.
The January 1986 issue had, "1986 Salary Survey/ Break Through Your
Salary Ceiling!" Still not here!!
October 1986 was a special issue dedicated to "The Year of the Corporate
Woman." This article was on pages 107-109:
Cracks in the Glass Ceiling
How Women Really Are Faring In Corporate America
by Julia Kagan
The naysayers are at it again--from last March's special _Wall Street
Journal_ section on corporate women telling us women have hit the glass
ceiling and can go no futher (Gotta check the WSJ, but that's in SIBL and
Working Woman was in, oh never mind!--ed.) to the July '86 _Inc._ magazine
cover story proclaiming that few entrepreneurial women are equipped to make it
big in businesses of their own.
(...) When we wrote about them in April 1985, we called them the
Breakthrough Generation. (...) (I didn't see "glass ceiling" there, but I'll
A related story on page 110 is "The Glass House Dilemma/ Why Women
Executives Dare Not Fail."