Project GLOBE’s Gender Egalitarianism (GE) refers to gender inequalities being minimized at home, in organizations and within the community. So then, high-GE societies are characterized by low gender inequalities at home, within organizations and in their communities, while low-GE societies show substantial gender inequality in those domains.
GE practices correlate weakly and negatively with the masculine pole of Hofstede’s masculinity-femininity (MAS-FEM) dimension, which is also his most controversial dimension. In fact, some social and organizational scientists refer to MAS FEM as “instrumental versus relational,” which they see as more politically correct.
A misunderstood dimension?
But anyway, GE is also among the most interesting GLOBE dimensions because, for starters, it’s easily misunderstood as an indicator of quality of life among women.
Please note that GE does not necessarily refer to what we in the West might describe as gender equality in the form of women’s rights. To the contrary, it just refers to the extent to which opportunities for both genders are about the same within...