Motherhood: An impediment to workplace progression? The case of Cyprus

Maria Socratous, Laura Galloway, Nicolina Kamenou-Aigbekaen

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    PurposeThe purpose of this article is to identify potential explanations on why motherhood affects the non-progression of women, in Cyprus, to the top of the organizational ladder. Design/methodology/approachFor the purposes of the study a qualitative approach was taken and semi-structured interviews were used. The interviews were conducted with specific, preselected employment groups. These were chartered accountants from the BIG Four (PWC, Deloitte, Ersnt & Young, KPMG) companies in Cyprus and academics working at the University of Cyprus.FindingsIt has been identified through the interviews that women in Cyprus are faced with impediments on their way to the upper levels of the organisational ladder. The reasons for this vary and one of the most important is the motherhood effect. In particular, the research suggests that cultural norms and perceptions that women should be the primary caregiver are a barrier to advancement for women and there is a lack of family friendly policies and childcare facilities at least in the organisations included in this studyOriginality/valueThis article sheds light into a previously under-researched area; gender equality in Cyprus. I also denotes the problems a mother is faced with on her way to the top of the organisational ladder and that culture is of utmost importance with regards to the role of women in the society and the workplace in Cyprus and elsewhere.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEquality, Diversity and Inclusion
    Issue number5/6
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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