n Gender and Behaviour - Perceptions of barriers to the advancement of women in management and leadership positions in South Africa

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1596-9231



Despite having a South African Constitution that entrenches equal rights, discriminatory practices, structural inequalities, cultural factors, prejudices and traditional patriarchal society are still alive and well in the South African business environment. This article attempts to discuss the reasons why women are not readily promoted in the private and public sectors, as well as other spheres. The study pivots around a number of barriers placed against the advancement of women in leadership positions in the Gauteng, South Africa. The methodology includes a review of literature, interviews, observations, attitudes and perceptions of those sampled. The findings showed that there are many traditional stereotypes that still exist about women in leadership positions. The study concluded that women play a crucial role in leadership positions.

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