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

Santos, Clarice and Hilal, Adriana V. Garibaldi de (2018) Same, same but different? Women’s experiences with gender inequality in Brazil. Employee Relations, 40 (3). pp. 486-499. ISSN 0142-5455

Full content URL: http://doi.org/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.

Keywords:Gender, Brazil, Women, Sexual discrimination, Women workers
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N690 Human Resources not elsewhere classified
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:34742
Deposited On:24 Jan 2019 11:01

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