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The aim of the study was to examine women’s participation in cooperative society in Addis Ababa City Administration focusing at Lideta Sub-city. The study applied the descriptive nature of research employing both qualitative and quantitative data results simultaneously during the presentation, analysis, and interpretation through involving the total informants of 124 selected through non-probability and probability sampling techniques such as purposive and simple random sampling techniques respectively. Therefore, the data gathering tools are open-ended survey questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, and Focus Group Discussion used as major tools for gathering appropriate, reliable, and relevant data for this study. Therefore, the researcher collected data from primary and secondary sources and analyzed using descriptive statistical methods of analysis. The data are presented using tables, and figures, frequency and percentages, and so on. Whereas, for qualitative data, it was analyzed in contextual meaning; and then presented in narration form, finally integrating and triangulating both data results and findings. Hence, the finding of the study shows that low participation of women and under-representation in a cooperative management position, such as in decision making, very few women in committees and male are the dominant still at study undertaken. Therefore, this leads to women are not beneficiaries in the socio-economic activities due to factors such as workloads, access to credit, lack of training and awareness cultural factors, so on. It is commended that, to bring the active participation of women in all spheres of activity in general and cooperatives society, in particular, there should be proper practices of gender equality and mainstreaming has to be implemented down rooted to the Woredas and Sub-city levels as to improve the lives of women members in cooperative society and broadly to change the quality of the society at large.