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MILTERSTEINER, RENATA KESSLER et al. Female leadership: perceptions, reflections, and challenges in public administration. Cad. EBAPE.BR [online]. 2020, vol.18, n.2, pp.406-423.  Epub 10-Jul-2020. ISSN 1679-3951.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1679-395120190176.

Discrimination against women in strategic positions is a recurring issue in the labor market, particularly in Brazil. Even though women generally have higher qualifications than men, this is not reflected in their salaries or positions. The causes of such limitations have historical, social, and psychological roots. This article aims to understand better the challenges faced by women in the public administration of the Brazilian executive branch. The study is based on the barriers to reaching leadership positions, such as “Glass Ceiling,” “Leadership Labyrinths,” and “Queen Bee,” commonly described in the international and national literature on the theme. The study is organized in two stages. In the first, a qualitative approach was adopted, involving semi-structured and in-depth interviews with leaders - Under Secretaries - working in the government of the State of Rio de Janeiro. The second stage adopted a quantitative approach, with a questionnaire applied to female managers working at the State Secretariat of Finance and Planning of Rio de Janeiro. As a result, it appears that women still suffer from prejudices and barriers associated with male codes of professional advancement. However, most women indicate no direct prejudice, claiming that they have grown and reached strategic positions on their own merits.

Palavras-chave : Female leadership; Women’s career; Public administration; Equal opportunity.

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