The experiences of Black women who stay in STEM professions long-term was unknown. This qualitative phenomenological study explored the embeddedness experiences of Black women who stay in STEM professions long-term, for a minimum of seven years, in the midwestern United States. Embeddedness is a collection of forces that influences an individual’s decision to stay on a job. Two research questions guided this study: What are the lived experiences of Black women who are embedded in STEM professions long-term? How do the lived experiences of Black women staying in STEM professions long-term contribute to their perceptions of embeddedness factors? Guided by job embeddedness theory, semi-structured interviews with 13 Black women currently employed in STEM professions gave voice to the links, fit, and sacrifices that keep participants embedded in the profession. Through Van Kaam’s seven-step analysis for phenomenological data, seven core themes described the participant’s embeddedness experiences: relying on support systems, experiencing a welcoming work environment, embracing career opportunities to innovate, learn, and grow, navigating the intersection of race and gender, feeling a sense of purpose, having the confidence and resilience to influence their careers, and feeling financially secure. Results supported job embeddedness as a practical lens for understanding the fit, links, and sacrifice that contribute to embeddedness. The findings suggest how organizations and leaders can promote the retention of Black women in STEM professions. Additional research on the experiences and the factors that promote retention of Black women in STEM professions is needed.
|Commitee:||Necessary, Justin, Miller, Beverly A.|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Occupational psychology, Black studies|
|Keywords:||Black women, Job embeddedness theory, Phenomenology, Retention, STEM profession, Women of color|
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