Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Gendered racism in the workplace as experienced by women of color managers
by Hailstock, Michele, Ph.D., Capella University, 2015, 122; 3689231
Abstract (Summary)

As the workplace has diversified with the inclusion of women and minorities holding positions throughout all levels of the organization hierarchy, the question remains if gendered racism exists in the 2014 workplace for women managers with minority group background. Gendered racism, described by Philomena Essed in her 1991 book, Understanding Everyday Racism: An Interdisciplinary Theory, is a unique female experience due to their race and being a woman. Visible at this intersection of race and sex, women of color may experience the sexist and racist stereotypes dually assigned to women and minorities. This research provides a qualitative view of the experiences of gendered racism using Moustakas' transcendental phenomenology method. Data were collected from eight women who self-identified as Hispanic ( n=2) and Black (n=6). All the women with the exception of one were college graduates, managers in an organization of 50 or more employees, between the ages of 35 to 62 years old. The study findings validated the experiences of gender racism in the workplace through the lived experiences of women interviewed. The women revealed their experiences with gendered racism, which affected their workplace interactions with others, manifest psychological stressors, and tainted the vision of themselves. Additionally, all of the women developed coping skills to combat gendered racism, which allowed them to pivot their careers to higher levels in their organizations. The emerging themes revealed from the study's participants experiences of gendered racism are psychological effects, feeling discounted, acceptance or justification, disrespect, and self-confidence. This research provides a phenomenological description of the lived experiences of the gendered racism and the impact of these experiences in the workplace as reveal by women of color.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Piotrowski, Nancy A.
Commitee: King, Carolyn, Pinnow, Eleni
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Occupational psychology, Ethnic studies, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Gendered racism, Phenomenology, Psychological stress, Race and sex, Women of color, Workplace
Publication Number: 3689231
ISBN: 978-1-321-68356-1
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