The workplace experiences of BAME professional women: Understanding experiences at the intersection

Victoria Opara*, Ruth Sealy, Michelle K. Ryan

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Situated within workplace equality and discrimination scholarship, this article focuses on intersectional identity narratives. We seek to better understand the workplace experiences of British Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) professional women, and how these experiences impact on a range of wellbeing outcomes. The absence of research relating to BAME professional women reflects a failure to consider intersectional organizational identities and experiences. We aim to problematize the existence of single and static identity categories within intersectional analyses and the challenge they represent. We engage a non-traditional methodological approach, conducting real-time online written interviews with professional British BAME women. We consider the important interplays at the intersection of minority ethnicity, gender and nationality. The main themes to emerge were (i) experiences of misperceived identity imposition, whereby such social treatment had implications for participants' wellbeing and (ii) the use of strategic essentialism by participants on the basis of nationality, ethnicity and gender, an innovative finding in intersectional research. We conclude that a focus on identity categories such as ethnicity or race and gender alone may lead to the further constraining and classifying of certain individuals. To avoid this there is need to consider intersectional identity experiences in light of nationality and the disparate underpinning systems of domination.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1192-1213
Aantal pagina's22
TijdschriftGender, Work and Organization
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
StatusPublished - nov.-2020
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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