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Abstract

The objective of this research is to assess whether gender inequality affects women’s career progression in Malaysia. The study examines the relationship between patriarchy, gender stereotypes, organisational cultural factors, family factors, and individual factors with women’s career progression. The study has adopted the Glass Ceiling Theory and feminist theory. A total of 250 questionnaires were collected from women employees working in Malaysia. The study revealed that patriarchy, organisational cultural factors, and family factors had a significant relationship with women’s career progression while gender stereotypes and individual factors had no significant relationship with women’s career progression. The findings of this study contribute to women’s empowerment in society, and for companies and the Government of Malaysia to have a better understanding of the factors involved in women’s career progression in Malaysia. This study contributes to the Glass Ceiling Theory and feminist thought by determining the relationship of these theories with regard to women’s career progression in Malaysia.

Note on the Author

Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Management, Xiamen University Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia. ; Senior Lecturer, School of Economics and Management, Xiamen University Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia. Email: nikzaki@xmu.edu.my. ; Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Finance, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar Campus, Perak State, Malaysia. Email ctloh@utar.edu.my. ; Research Scholar. Email eliselai.1314@1utar.my. ; Research Scholar Email: myeng.2169@gmail.com ; Research Scholar. Email: j.ninglau@gmail.com ; Research Scholar Email: jessyleejs@hotmail.com ; Research Scholar Email: puimun927@gmail.com

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