Chairwoman of the Fremantle-based Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts WA, Helen Errington, said it was women with disabilities who found it the hardest.
A forum to discuss the issue will be held in Victoria Park at VisAbility on Thursday.
�Women with disability, in particular rural women with disability, have been the most marginalised of all disability populations when it comes to leadership and governance,� Ms Errington said.
She said the forum would raise awareness about women with disability gaining leadership roles.
The forum will include talks from some of WA�s most successful women leaders in policy, disability and the arts.
Ms Errington said she had to overcome a lot of myths and society�s attitude to disability before she could get to a leadership role.
�There were exceptional people around but by and large the broader groups in community with disability were marginalised to a degree,� she said.
�Some of this has to do with expectations of the ambitions for people with disability by society and people can be fearful of engaging with people with disability; they don�t know what to say.
�I felt others were getting a better go than me because of my disability, but I just needed a few resources to give me a leg up.
�I could think, write, speak and learn, I just needed a wheelchair and a ramp.�
Ms Errington said the marginalisation was rarely intentional but positive promotion was needed to help people get over their �automatic� views.