Sex Roles

, Volume 21, Issue 11, pp 825-839

First online:

Gender differences in the upward mobility of black managers: Double whammy or double advantage?

  • Stella M. NkomoAffiliated withUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • , Taylor CoxJr.Affiliated withUniversity of Michigan

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This study draws upon the theory and research on intraorganizational mobility to examine gender differences in the upward mobility of black managers. Results suggest that neither the “double whammy” assumptions nor the “double advantage” assumptions are accurate descriptions of the contemporary experience of black female managers in corporate America. Upward mobility rates were nearly identical for both gender groups. Other findings and the implications of the results for future research are discussed.