Intersectionality: Connecting experiences of gender with race at work

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

In recent years, research from various disciplines, including social psychology, sociology, economics, gender studies, and organizational behavior, has illuminated the importance of considering the various ways in which multiple social categories intersect to shape outcomes for women in the workplace. However, these findings are scattered across disciplines, making it difficult for organizational scholars to leverage this knowledge in the advancement of gender research. The purpose of this review is to assemble these findings to capture how gender and race, when considered in tandem, can generate new understandings about women of different racial groups and their experiences in the workplace. We first provide a review of both historic and contemporary interpretations of the intersectionality concept. Next, using an intersectional framework, we review key findings on the distinct stereotypes ascribed to Black, Asian, and White women, and compare and contrast the differential impact of these stereotypes on hiring and leadership for these subgroups of women. Building from these stereotypes, we further review research that explores the different job roles that Black, Asian, and White women occupy, specifically focusing on the impact of occupational segregation, organizational support, and the motherhood penalty. Finally, we examine how the frequency, emotional toll, and legal implications of sexual harassment can vary for women of differing races. Through this review, we bring attention to the pitfalls of studying women as a monolithic category and call for organizational scholars to consider the role of intersectionality in shaping workplace outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosette, AS; Ponce de Leon, R; Koval, CZ; Harrison, DA

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 /

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 22

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0191-3085

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.riob.2018.12.002

Citation Source

  • Scopus