Intersectionality Of Race And Gender

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The purpose of this study is to examine the intersectionality of race and gender for African American women working at predominately white institutions as faculty, staff, and/or administrators. Many Black women working in higher education often experience marginalization, social exclusion, and lack effective mentoring in academia. Using a theoretical approach, I will use the critical race theory and black feminist thought as the framework to explore the effects race and gender has on African American women professional careers in higher education. Throughout this research paper, the terms Black and African American are used interchangeably and PWI is an acronym for Predominately White Institution(s).

Critical Race Theory (CRT)
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The author explored the following research question “How does an African American administrator at a predominately white university pursue the achievement ideology despite experiences and challenges that emerge from her race and gender?” (Lloyd-Jones 2009, p.608) The author found that the participant faced unexpected challenges and barriers that were related to her race, and gender such as lack of decision making power and occupational segregation. In this article, the experiences the participant faced was an example of the intersectionality of race and gender that black women face at predominately white …show more content…
In this qualitative study, the author examines the lived experiences of five Black women leaders in higher education (presidents, vice presidents, and deans). Five themes emerged from findings of this study: predestined for success, sponsorship from the unexpected, double jeopardy of race and gender, learn how to play the game, and pay it forward. Predestined for success is a theme that is commonly found in the research of Black women in all professional areas. Black women are expected to overcome adversity, and remain resilient because that is the survival tactics that has been instilled African Americans since childhood. The experiences of the participants helped develop them as leaders and the support of a mentor and sponsorship was crucial to their success. In addition to black women leaders, studies of black women faculty in certain areas were scarce. Many black women faculty focused their research on race and gender which can be seen as a barrier to

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