Black Female Leaders in North Carolina Government Where Are They?

Larrisha McGill-Youngblood

Abstract


Limited research exists regarding the experiences of African American women who have obtained a leadership role in North Carolina go- vernment. The experiences of black women continue to perpetuate the “glass ceiling” and make it difficult for women to break through this barrier to obtain leadership positions. The purpose of this paper is to examine a qualitative research study that identified eight themes of African American female directors in North Carolina government based on their lived experiences to becoming leaders in North Carolina government. This paper may reveal valuable information for African American women who aspire to be in a leadership position in North Carolina government. Leaders may benefit from the concepts presented in this paper to promote gender and race diversity within North Carolina governmental agencies.

Keywords: African American, black women, minorities, glass ceiling, North Carolina government, leadership


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