PurposeThe 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/approachThe study is based on 26 in-depth interviews with female professionals. The methodology consists of an exploratory approach through content analysis.FindingsDespite 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/valueThere 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.
Employee Relations: An International Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 3, 2018
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