Glass cliff is a senior job or important project, particularly one given to a woman, with a high risk of failure.
The glass cliff is a term that describes the phenomenon of women in leadership roles, such as executives in the corporate world and female political election candidates, being likelier than men to achieve leadership roles during periods of crisis or downturn, when the chance of failure is highest.
This may be because women in these industries are often isolated and lack the networks of their male colleagues.
One female executive described what happened to her: “I was placed on a project to manage that was the ‘project from hell’. Was I set up for failure? I do not know.”