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The cartoon by Kipper Williams from The Guardian shows two male insurance types at Lloyd's of London. There are pieces of glass falling from the ceiling, which leads one of them to comment, "Somebody's broken the glass ceiling."
The glass ceiling is a metaphorical expression which describes the way in which unfair attitudes can stop women, or other groups, from getting the best jobs in a company, etc. although there are no official rules to prevent them from getting these jobs. If someone breaks the glass ceiling, they overcome these invisible barriers to professional advancement.
1. As you can see from this photo, the Lloyd's building really does have a glass ceiling! More photos here.
2. Don't confuse Lloyd's insurance market (which has an apostrophe) with Lloyds Bank (which doesn't).
3. The bell on the left of the cartoon is the famous Lutine Bell, which is synonymous with the name of Lloyd’s. Traditionally it has been rung to herald important announcements – one stroke for bad news and two for good.