Gender Apartheid: The Challenges of Breaking into ‘Man’s World’

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Adisa, T. A., Gbadamosi, G. and Adekoya, O. D. 2021. Gender Apartheid: The Challenges of Breaking into ‘Man’s World’. Gender, Work and Organization. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12736
AuthorsAdisa, T. A., Gbadamosi, G. and Adekoya, O. D.
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Drawing on feminist/gender theory and the notion that women self-allocate to occupations with which they identify, this study examines the challenges confronted by women working in male-dominated occupations in a highly patriarchal setting. The findings reveal that women working in ‘male-typed’ occupations in Nigeria are ‘lone wolves’ in a marginal revolution. They experience social ostracism, impaired spousal relationships, and a lack of support from friends and family. Furthermore, the entrenchment of patriarchal culture, the requirement of physical strength, and the lack of trust on the part of clients pose significant barriers to their success in male-dominated professions. These problems further breed and reinforce occupational gender segregation. The prospects of reducing occupational gender segregation and the underrepresentation of women in ‘male-typed’ occupations appear slim due to cultural beliefs and the patriarchal orientation in the study context.

JournalGender, Work and Organization
ISSN1468-0432
Year2021
PublisherWiley
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12736
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Deposited14 Jul 2021
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Adisa, T. A., Gbadamosi, A. and Adekoya, O. D. 2021. Gender Apartheid: The Challenges of Breaking into ‘Man’s World’. Gender, Work and Organization.(In Press), which is to be published in final form at: https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12736. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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