Gender and leadership positions: understanding women’s experiences and challenges in patriarchal societies in Northern Ghana

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2023
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Adongo, Awinaba Amoah
Dapaah, Jonathan Mensah
Azumah, Francess Dufie
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International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
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Purpose – Women are rarely seen in positions of leadership in patriarchal societies, which is unsurprising.Following gender equity policies, few women have been able to break through the gender equity barrier and assume leadership positions in schools. Few research investigations have delved into the experiences and challenges that women encounter in positions of leadership in patriarchal societies in government schools in Northern Ghana. The study seeks to comprehend the experiences and challenges that women confront in positions of leadership in patriarchal societies in Northern Ghana. Design/methodology/approach – The study aimed to gain a better understanding of the experiences and challenges that women encounter in educational leadership roles in patriarchal societies in Northern Ghana. To achieve the study’s objectives, a quantitative research approach and a social survey design were used, as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings – The findings of the study revealed that in patriarchal societies in Northern Ghana, women experience conventional gender roles that conflict with roles, cultural values, gender stereotyping, family responsibilities and cultural beliefs and perceptions of women and attitudes and low expectations of women’s managerial skills discourage women from taking on leadership positions in men-dominated societies.
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This is an article published in International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 43 No. 11/12, 2023 pp. 1114-1137 ; DOI 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2023-0028
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International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 43 No. 11/12, 2023 pp. 1114-1137 ; DOI 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2023-0028
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