Glass Ceiling or Sticky Door?

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Dr. Nemat Shafik will be only the second female deputy governor of the powerful Bank of England when she takes her new position this August. But the Egyptian-born mother of twins has dismissed all talk of her having broken through a glass ceiling.

Calling the metaphor “not a good one,” the 51-year-old Shafik said, “I know the concept of it is that it is supposed to mean that there is an invisible barrier. “But it also implies that, if you could break through it, then everybody could get through and it is not quite that simple.

“In my experience it is more like a sticky door. In order to get through it, you have to give it a nudge because it won’t open automatically. And it helps a lot if you’ve got allies on the other side of the door giving it a pull,” she told Britain’s Daily Mail.

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