Blood, sweat, and tears: black women teacher’s organizational experiences in schools

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This article examines the organizational experiences of Black women teachers in contemporary schools. This work centers Black women teachers’ voices to highlight how their organizational contexts have impacted their careers. Additionally, the researcher utilizes qualitative, case methodologies and phenomenological methods to center the voices of seven Black women teachers. Further, this research leans upon Black Feminism to elucidate the experiences of being Black and female within today’s public schools. The study reveals how Black women teacher’s blood commitments, sweat sacrifices, and tears impact their career journeys. This paper closes with recommendations for advancing organizational theory and leadership in hopes of improving the experiences of Black women teachers and Black students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-209
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • black feminism
  • Black women teachers
  • intersectionality
  • organizational leadership
  • qualitative research


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