ERIC Number: ED395234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Career Paths of Highly Accomplished Latinas.
Gomez, Maria J.; Fassinger, Ruth E.
A qualitative investigation of the professional development experiences of 17 prominent U.S. Latinas across 7 occupational fields is the subject of this paper. The investigation described here explored cultural, personal, and contextual variables in relation to the career development of Latinas; in addition, it included specific exploration of cultural identity and the work-family relationship. Although the primary focus is on specific methodological issues that arise when using a qualitative approach with Latinas, the paper concludes by discussing five tentative observations regarding the participants' career development: (1) the career paths of the women interviewed were not linear; (2) all but one of the participants spoke of one pivotal individual who had a positive influence in their lives and career self-efficacy; (3) all participants who had spouses or partners spoke highly of the support, understanding, and encouragement they received from their partners, regardless of the partner's ethnicity or race; (4) identity was a core issue for the women studied--being a woman and Latina were inextricably connected; and (5) invariably, the participants expressed instances of discouragement, neglect and prejudice from all echelons of the educational system. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 11-15, 1995).