This paper addresses women ’ s participation in social, political and economic activities. In particular, f actors that hinder women from participati n g in social, political and economic activities in mainland Tanzan ia are discussed . Analysis shows that factors such as level of education, type of place of residence, marital status, religion, reg ion of residence and age groups, with different levels of magnitude contribute differently to their poor participation . C ross - tabulation is used to establish the relationship between “participation” as the dependent variable and the aforementioned factors. Multiple logistic regressions were used to determine the relative importance of the factors . Results indicate that p lace of residence; age group and region of residence are significant while education and religion are insignificant .