The differential role of ethnicity on women's workplace experiences
Reynolds-Dobbs, Wendy Renee
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As more and more women enter leadership positions in the workplace, it is imperative to study and understand the unique career experiences and obstacles that hinder their professional development. Although most women deal with similar barriers to success in organizations, women of color tend to deal with additional hurdles in the workplace due to their double minority status. This study examined the relationships among ethnicity, organizational experiences, perceived discrimination, well-being, and organizational attachment for professional women. The results of the path analysis revealed that women of color have more negative organizational experiences, perceive more discrimination, and are less attached to their organization than White women. Furthermore, women who have more negative organizational experiences have more negative career outcomes and well-being issues. Implications for womens career development research and supporting organizational practices are offered.