International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Gender and Career Advancement in the Workplace: An Assessment of the Experiences of Women in Higher Education Management
Akua Ahyia Adu-Oppong, Stephen Bugu Kendie

This paper explores the concerns of gender and career advancement in the work place; specifically how women perceive workplace processes as inhibiting factors to women’s advancement into top ranking administrative positions in Higher Education (HE) management. Interviews were conducted based on approximately thirty openended questions adopted from similar interview questions conducted by Bell and Nkomo (2001) and Roth (2006). Data gathered covered interviews with ten women academic and administrative professionals in five public universities in Ghana and these were used to assess gender segregation and the way it has affected the individuals and their careers. The findings from the study revealed that there are processes at the institutional levels that are perceived to hinder qualified women from ascending to senior positions in higher education.

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