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Loryn Dion Nov. 16, 2010 SOC 320 Journal #9 - DD—Question2 (page 233) What are the main challenges these women faced as they progressed through their careers? What strategies do they use to overcome or rise above these challenges? The challenges that these women had to face were discrimination because of their ethnicity and gender, financial deterrents, and health problems and internal conflicts. In regards to racism, many of the women noted feeling discouraged and ignored because of their ethnicity. They were discouraged from going to college and then once they were in their careers, the felt ignored by coworkers. With sexism, many women felt discriminated against and they felt as tough they were the victims of sexual harassment. Also, Latina culture is very strict which limited their career aspirations. It is also noted in the text that sexism and racism, although very different, were often intertwined. Under financial deterrents, a lot of the women faced socioeconomic pressures and weren’t able to pay for
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Unformatted text preview: schooling or felt like their schooling was interrupted by family situations. A few of the women felt like their career path was defined because of these deterrents, rather than by choice. They probably felt like if they could have stayed in school, their career paths would have been different. Lastly, many women dealt with stress over discrimination which caused them health problems and internal conflicts. They reported issues with self-esteem, rage, abuse, and cultural identity. These stressors did cause them discomfort, but didn’t stop them from reaching their overall goals. The women coped all of these issues through social support from teachers who actually encouraged them to succeed and made a difference in their lives, mentors or role models who supported their decisions and promoted their development, such as parents, colleagues or friends, and also spouses who were emotionally encouraging....
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