Gendered Racism in the Lives of Black Women: A Qualitative Exploration

Kamesha Spates, Na’Tasha Evans, Tierra Akilah James, Karen Martinez

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Historically, Black women have experienced multiple adversities due to gendered racism. While research demonstrates that gendered racism is associated with negative physical and mental health implications, little attention has been given to how being Black and female shape Black women’s experiences in multiple contexts. This study provided an opportunity for Black women to describe their lived experiences of gendered racism in the United States. We conducted in-depth interviews with Black women (N = 22) between the ages of 18 and 69 years. We applied a thematic analysis approach to data analysis. Three themes were identified that underscored how these Black women navigated gendered racism: (a) navigating societal expectations of being Black and female, (b) navigating relationships (or lack thereof), and (c) navigating lack of resources and limited opportunities. Findings from this study provide an increased understanding of the unique challenges that Black women face because of their subordinated statuses in the United States. These findings may influence programs and assessments for Black women’s wellness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-606
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Black Psychology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2020

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  • Black women
  • gendered racism
  • oppression
  • qualitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology


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