Intersectionality of Race/Ethnicity and Gender Among Women of Color and White Women

Mary Joyce D. Juan, Moin Syed, Margarita Azmitia

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Theoretical writings on intersectionality have long emphasized the unique ways women of color experience race/ethnicity and gender, particularly compared to White women; however, little empirical evidence exists in support of this claim. This mixed-methods study adds to the empirical base by comparing and contrasting these experiences among women of color and White women. In a sample of 47 women of color and 18 White women, there were significant racial/ethnic differences in terms of (a) the perceived connection of race/ethnicity and gender, (b) the social contexts in which gender becomes salient, and (c) the meaningfulness of the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender. The findings lend empirical support for intersectionality as a useful psychological framework for understanding multiple social identities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-238
Number of pages14
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • Ethnicity
  • gender
  • intersectionality
  • race
  • women


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