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date: 28 March 2020

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Women’s advancement is impeded by both traditional and modern barriers. Hence, women’s advancement is a ‘rocky climb’, involving a great deal of effort relative to the amount of upward progress, and with significant opportunities for backsliding. Traditional barriers that have prevailed over time include decision-makers’ denial of gender discrimination, social gender roles, stereotypes and perceptions, and organizational culture. Overt gender discrimination has been replaced by a more covert form, modern sexism, and ‘gender fatigue’ has emerged as a new barrier to women’s advancement. The complexity of the barriers impeding women’s advancement in management calls for a customized, step-by-step approach that might overcome ‘gender fatigue’ and boost ‘gender equity’ in organizations. Our recommended approach aims to change the ‘rocky climb’ to just a plain old ‘climb’ up the hierarchical ladder for those women who wish to advance in management.

Keywords: Women, advancement, management, barriers, gender discrimination, gender roles, stereotypes, culture, modern sexism, gender fatigue

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