In the End Women Are Too Weak for Management

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Gender issues within Organisations.
ODUM Uchechukwu Azubike.
There is a general saying which is very common amongst industrious women which states thus; “what a man can do, a woman can do even better”. A publicly reverberating affirmation, perhaps to correct the impression that apparently clouds professional viewpoints on the effectiveness and relative success of female versus male managers, probably stemming from women around the world who have shown themselves to be exemplary in areas where the men folk have failed.
The time immemorial argument geared towards identifying which sex is stronger has been a resonant issue throughout society. In Christendom on the one hand,
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Furthermore, in some traditional African societies, the male child is openly preferred while girl child is openly discriminated against in terms of academic opportunities (Eze, 2004). This could affect the girls’ self-esteem and also influences their choice of course, field of study and eventual employment. Dwyer et al (1997) suggests that Girl in high school tend to avoid advanced maths and science subjects, even when they are recognised to be gifted in maths and science, they show less interest in pursuing science or maths careers than their boys. Consequently, females are less likely than males to major in science or maths fields, and are less likely to pursue careers in these areas. The television and other mass medias’ portrayal of female characters differ from that of men. In TV commercials, men tend to be depicted as powerful and are more likely to be used in promoting products used outdoors, for example cars. Whereas women are depicted more often than not as sex objects and are often used in promoting goods used indoors for example, home remedies and cleaning products (Bartsch et al, 2000). The medias overall portrayal of women and men within and outside the workplace conveys and reinforces the traditional gender stereotypes, thereby possessing the capacity to influence the perception of reality.
Ragins & Sundstrom (1989) suggest that


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