Doing gender well: Women’s perceptions on gender equality and career progression in the South African security industry

SA Journal of Industrial Psychology


 
 
Field Value
 
Title Doing gender well: Women’s perceptions on gender equality and career progression in the South African security industry
 
Creator Jansen van Rensburg, Shandré K.
 
Subject Organisational behaviour; security industry; career development gender; gender equality; career progression; security industry; rejection; work allocation; female leadership
Description Orientation: Although significant progress has been made globally in gender equality, women still occupy less political influence, fewer leadership positions and yield less control over their careers than most men. Gender inequality is evident in male-dominated work environments such as the security industry.Research purpose: This study reflects on women’s perceptions on gender equality and career progression in the South African security industry.Motivation for the study: In post-democracy South Africa, women are categorised as previously disadvantaged, therefore a priority group in terms of advancement. However, it is still unclear, from the narratives of the women themselves, how their career progression is encumbered in the milieu of the security industry.Research approach/design and method: Through qualitative one-on-one semi-structured interviews, 15 women, working in the security industry, shared their experiences concerning gender equality and career progression. Data were analysed thematically, guided by the context of the gendered security profession.Main findings: The findings reveal that women experience slower career progression than men in terms of rejection and work allocation. Moreover, negative perceptions of female leadership among colleagues was a factor hindering career progression.Practical/managerial implications: This study argues by doing gender well, equality in the security workplace can be obtained. Furthermore, the study encourages South African security managers to recognise how aspects such as rejection, work allocation and a negative perception of female leadership may encumber the career progression of female security professionals.Contribution/value-add: The study contributes to scientific knowledge and discourse regarding women’s perceptions on gender equality and career progression.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor College of Law, University of South Africa
Date 2021-05-17
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative approach; interpretative epistemology; phenomenlogical paradigm; semi-structured one-on-one interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajip.v47i0.1815
 
Source SA Journal of Industrial Psychology; Vol 47 (2021); 9 pages 2071-0763 0258-5200
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1815/3201 https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1815/3200 https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1815/3202 https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1815/3199
 
Coverage South Africa — Age; Gender; Ethnicity; Dependents;Occupation; Occupational rank
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Shandré K. Jansen van Rensburg https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0