The lived career development experiences of African American lesbian managers: A phenomenological study of professional advancement

by Johnson-Faniel, Denalerie J., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2011, 275 pages; 3439436


Homophobic discrimination and hate crimes faced by those that identify as gay might have an even greater impact on those African Americans females who proclaim themselves as lesbians and women of authority. Specifically, little work has been done to examine the effect of employment discrimination on the career development paths of African American women who see themselves as persons of authority and lesbians thus being considered as a triple-threat minority: Black, gay, and female. Thus this research study explored the lived experiences of eight African American self-identified lesbian managers. The study used a qualitative approach based on a phenomenological research design using a semi-structured interview process to address the questions posed to participants about their everyday lives and experiences with a specific focus on their career paths and professional development. It is hoped that the findings will show a need for further research in the area of vocational counseling relative to African American lesbians and expand on the social, cultural, and psychological literature in the field to address federal policy protection in cases of employment discrimination, career hindrances, including employment discrimination, denial of promotions, and lack of role models and mentors for this group. Strengths and limitations of the research design were identified and implications for organizations, employers, government and the general public are discussed in this research study.

AdviserMary Bemker
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsAfrican American studies; Black studies; Women's studies; Management; LGBTQ studies
Publication Number3439436

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