The research was set to understand why, despite the fact that the laws have changed, women are educated and access to equal opportunities is available, there are not many women holding executive positions in institutes. Literature related to gender and management was reviewed to try and capture how others have said about the probable causes of few women institutes. administrators. The literature highlighted the literature that showed how women have been marginalized in management not only in Kenya but all around the world. The objective of the study were to establish whether the level of education and experience,the extent to which the existing gender policies have influenced the appointment of women to management positions in tertiary institutes and whether cultural values and norms plays a role in the appointment of women in the management positions.