Breaking Out From the Foundations of Perceptual Prejudices of Female Leadership in the Akuapem South Municipality Basic Schools: How the Sun and the Rain Relate and Should Relate to Each Other to Create the Spectacular Rainbow


This study epitomizes the gender mainstreaming concerns across the globe, especially the discourse on male-female dynamics in administration and management. The paper demonstrates that society has to acknowledge the importance of co-existence of men and women which is a prerequisite for success in administration and management. The article recommend strategies that will be required to persuade society to embrace the male-female contradiction as correlative and complementary rather than oppositional by collecting survey and interview data in the sequential and explanatory format. The researchers used purposive sampling to select 50 female school leaders in the Akuapem South Municipality of Ghana. The quantitative data was analysed by generating simple percentages with SPSS version 20, whereas categories and themes were developed to analyse the qualitative data. The study is based on the theory that ‘cultural beliefs and traditions in the Akuapem South Municipality has created an entrenched milieu for female exclusions and fettered access to educational leadership which violates the logic of complementation of opposites’. The study sought to investigate strategies for breaking out from these foundations of prejudices. The study reveals that there are windows of societal acceptance of male-female co-existence in administration and management, and female leaders have to use these opportunities to break out from prejudices through women’s identification and acceptance of their own abilities.

Keywords: Co-existence of opposites; Mythic opposition; Complementation of opposites; refraction; Ying-Yang relationship; Binary oppositions

Article Review Status: Published

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