The term Glass Ceiling was first coined in March 1984 by Gay Bryant, the former editor of Working Woman magazine.
There was an earlier belief that no woman can be mentally and physically as capable as a man. Unfortunately, this narrow mindset was adopted by everyone and nobody even tried to bring a change in it. And this had led to gender inequality in every field including the corporate field.
But in recent times this belief is now fading away. The women are now becoming powerful; they are being educated and are gaining confidence in themselves to do something. They have physically and mentally become stronger.
If asked to name those women (from India) who have become an example for all for breaking the glass ceiling; I would say;
• Dr. Indu Shahani Principal of H.R. College, was appointed the Sheriff of Mumbai on Jan 5, 2008 who has proved to be visionary and thought leader.
• Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi (born 28 October 1955) is an Indian-American business executive and the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue. According to Forbes, she is consistently ranked among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2013, she has been ranked 10th in the list of Forbes World's 100 most powerful women.
• Sunita Lyn "Suni" Williams née Pandya  (born September 19, 1965) is a former American astronaut and a United States Navyofficer. She holds the records for longest single space flight by a woman (195 days), total spacewalks by a woman (seven), and most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours, 40 minutes).[Williams was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and Expedition 15. In 2012, she served as aflight engineer on Expedition 32 and then commander of Expedition 33
• Chanda Kochhar (born 17 November 1961) is the managing director (MD) of ICICI Bank and its chief executive officer (CEO). ICICI Bank is India's largest private bank and overall second largest bank in the country. She also heads the Corporate Centre of ICICI Bank.
• Ela Ramesh Bhatt (born 7 September 1933) is an Indian cooperative organiser, activist and Gandhian, who founded the Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) in 1972, and served as its general secretary from 1972 to 1996. A lawyer by training, Bhatt is a part of the international labour, cooperative, women, and micro-finance movements and has won several national and international awards, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1977), Right Livelihood Award (1984) and the Padma Bhushan (1986)
• Shri Mahila Griha Udyog, the makers of the famous Lijjat Papad, is an organisation which symbolises the strength of a woman. Only women can become the members of the organisation. Shri Mahila Griha Udyog has a wide range of papad, masala, atta, chapati, appalam and detergent.
These are the examples which encourages everyone to face and break this glass ceiling and rise to the corporate ladder.