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Knowledge Review Volume 21 No.1, Dec. 2010

Sex differentials exist in role performance in Nigerian traditional culture. Males regarded as superior sex are expected to engage in socio-economic and political activities outside the home, protect, and provide basic needs such as shelter for the family. Whereas, females regarded as inferior sex are expected to stay in the home, perform domestic chores, take care of husbands, relatives, bear and rear babies. These ideologies are the basis of socio-cultural stereotypes which exist in matrilineal societies. The objective of this paper is to determine the number and proportion of women versus men who were promoted to management positions since they started work in the steel industry in Nigeria. Two hundred and sixty eight (268) structured questionnaires were distributed to women selected randomly with stratified systematic sampling technique. Only 98 were properly completed and returned representing 36.6% response rate for women. Equal number of the same questionnaires were distributed to men selected randomly with similar random sampling technique. Only 148 were properly completed and returned representing 55.2% response rate for men. Supplementary instruments used were official documents. The study revealed, among others, that gender discrimination did not exist in the industry in terms of promotion.

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