From The Washington Post
Marilyn Loden hadn’t planned to make history when she spoke on a panel at the 1978 Women’s Exposition in New York.
When Loden’s turn came to speak, she thought about how she had been tasked with at her company to explore why more women weren’t entering management positions. She had gathered enough data that she felt confident the problem extended beyond what her colleagues were wearing or saying.
“It seemed to me there was an invisible barrier to advancement that people didn’t recognize,” Loden said.
That day, she called it the “glass ceiling.”
From OED, earliest cite for the phrase.
1984 Adweek 15 Mar. (Magazine World 1984) 39/2 Women have reached a certain point—I call it the glass ceiling. They’re in the top of middle management and they’re stopping and getting stuck.
One of these things is not like the other. Does OED need updating on this? The 1984 quote certainly sounds like someone who is claiming to have coined the phrase. Could this be Marilyn Loden too? A possible addition to the Big List for the phrase to sort the wheat from the chaff?