Lived experiences of Batswana women in national leadership positions

by Gilika, Mpho M., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 172 pages; 3379266


To explore and understand experiences of Batswana women in national leadership positions, this qualitative phenomenological study used face-to-face individual interviews to collect data. To analyze the data, thematic, narrative, and metaphoric analysis was triangulated. The research question, "What are experiences of Batswana women occupying national leadership positions?" was answered, providing 5 themes. This study found that socialization and roadblocks such as gendered role expectations, cultural stereotypical attitudes, and family responsibilities contributed to low representation of women in Botswana's positions of power and decision making. Literature showed women's issues and gender awareness have been a focus of both government and social organizations for many years; however, more still needs to be done to bring changes necessary for women's development and empowerment. This research adds to knowledge about Batswana women's experiences while in national leadership, obstacles they encounter when trying to join leadership, and even when in leadership, their motives to join leadership, and strategies that enabled successes while in such positions. The information is necessary to facilitate changes in societal attitudes toward women in leadership and to eliminate roadblocks from women's career paths. In addition, it will smooth the process of changing policies that retard women's participation in institutional and political leadership.

AdviserJudith L. Forbes
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsWomen's studies; Management; Gender studies
Publication Number3379266

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