The major purpose of this study is to investigate the challenges and gaps as related to executive women in public institutions in Ethiopia. A survey and analytical study approach was employed to investigate the case. The respondents were selected from all 23 ministerial head offices located in Addis Ababa. A sample of forty-nine executive women was identified to assess the challenges and gaps of women who hold managerial positions in their respective organizations with an availability sampling technique. Results indicate that the executive’s family related issues did not impact women’s career progress; however, the study also revealed that socio-cultural factors did have a significant impact on their career progress. In terms of organizational factors, the results showed that there are no as such discriminatory practices in terms of promotion and assignment of responsibility between men and women. However, it was found that there are policies and regulations that still disfavor women’s progress moving up the organizational ladder. Also, women have more demands placed on them in order to reach executive positions than do men. The study suggests that a more enabling environment is needed to for women executives. Community programs, policies and regulations need to accommodate related factors on gender differences in the work place.

Author Biography

Worku Mekonnen Tadesse is a faculty member at Addis Ababa University, College of Business and Economics, School of Commerce