Same, same but different? Women’s experiences with gender inequality in Brazil

Santos, Clarice ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0326-8638 and de Hilal, Adriana V. Garibaldi (2018) Same, same but different? Women’s experiences with gender inequality in Brazil. Employee Relations, 40 (3) . pp. 486-499. ISSN 0142-5455 [Article] (doi:10.1108/er-04-2017-0094)

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to examine gender issues in Brazil from the perceptions, experiences, and discourses of professional women in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Design/methodology/approach
The study is based on 26 in-depth interviews with female professionals. The methodology consists of an exploratory approach through content analysis.

Findings
Despite the fact that Brazil demonstrates an idealized national ethos that promotes equality, gender roles are still very traditional. Participants recognized gender issues at work, including covert discrimination, though most did not acknowledge experiencing them personally.

Originality/value
There is dissonance between global trends and the actual experience of female professionals in Brazil. Although participants rejected the idea of personally experiencing inequality, they acknowledge its existence in human resources (HR) practices. This leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy where gender inequality is perpetuated and organizations and HR departments do not seem to have a proactive role as change agents.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 31435
Notes on copyright: © 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. This AAM is provided for your own personal use only. It may not be used for resale, reprinting, systematic distribution, emailing, or for any other commercial purpose without the permission of the publisher
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Depositing User: Clarice Santos
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 10:16
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 22:07
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31435

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