Research on Women of Color

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Overarching research on women of color (African American, Native American, Latina/Hispanic, Pacific Islander American, and Asian American) and the impact of racism and sexism as interrelated constructs on their academic aspirations is limited. A few scholarly pieces that explore racism and sexism as intersecting constructs, primarily focus on understanding the relationship between these isms and the mental health of women of color (DeBlaere & Bertsch, 2013; DeBlaere, Brewster, Bertsch, DeCarlo, Kegel, & Presseau, 2013;Martin, Boadi, Fernandes,Watt, & Robinson-Wood, 2013).More specifically, extant literature suggests one of the major consequences women of color experience in relation to racist and sexist events is psychological distress,…show more content…
Lastly, women of color found that in order to successfully overcome barriers placed by sexism and racism they needed to find or create counter spaces where they felt empowered (Huber, 2009; Yosso, Smith, Ceja, & Solorzano, 2009 ). Problem Statement Research on women of color college students’ experiences with racism and sexism, as intersecting constructs is limited. Studies have focused on exploring their experiences with individual issues and looking at narrow implications such as mental health. A small number of studies have begun to expand this exploration to understand the relationship of these constructs with academic and career aspirations. Nonetheless, extant literature has not presented a direct link between the intersection of racism and sexism and the impact on academic aspirations of college women of color. Therefore, the focus of this multiple case study is to understand the impact of these concepts on the academic aspirations of college women of color through the lens of Multiracial Feminism. Research Questions The research questions guiding this work are: • How do sexism and racism, as interrelated concepts, shape the academic aspirations of women of color? • How did racist and sexist incidences inform women of color college students’ definition of self? • What attitudes and perspectives with regards to their identity as women of color
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