L. Alghofaily “Women leadership in higher education in Saudi Arabia”

Lama Alghofaily, University of Lincoln, UK

This study seeks to analyses the barriers that women face on their way to leadership positions in higher education in Saudi Arabia. The relationship of gender and leadership is observed not only in the sphere of education, but also in other occupations. Literature often sees cultures, organisations, and leadership as traditionally infused with concepts of gender that benefit mostly men. Leadership and gender equity can be viewed from different perspectives, including social, cultural, and organisational factors. In addition, the research will explore what factors influence the activities of women once they have achieved these positions. The analysis explores three key categories of barriers: organisational, cultural, and personal. Thus, the research seeks to identify what types of obstacles are most significant for women as leaders in the contexts of a Muslim country.


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