Date of Award
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Benerd School of Education
John Watkins, Ed.D.
Rachelle Kisst Hackett, Ph.D.
First Committee Member
Louise J. Santiago, Ph.D.
Research about women in the military helps to address the ongoing concerns about the lack of inclusion of female perspectives, which contributes to oppressive power dynamics and lack of women’s representation in practice, policy, and procedures. The problem this dissertation addressed is the lack of representation and inclusion of female perspectives regarding power and privilege that affect military practices, policies, and procedures. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand female Navy veterans’ experiences with representation and inclusion in military practices, policies, and procedures. Applying a larger conceptual framing using radical feminism, liberal feminism, and critical theory helped to situate their experiences within a broader social critique. Seven Navy servicewomen answered open-ended questions in audio-recorded semi-structured interviews. Transcribed data were analyzed, leading to five major themes: (a) perceptions of racial and gender bias; (b) lack of mentorship and leadership support; (c) fears of assault, retaliation, shaming, and transitioning; (d) position and colleagues’ effects on inclusivity, and (e) pride in service experience despite challenges.
Williamson, Antwanisha K.. (2023). A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF UNDERSTANDING FEMALE NAVY VETERANS’ EXPERIENCES WITH REPRESENTATION AND INCLUSION IN THE U.S. MILITARY. University of the Pacific, Dissertation. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/3867
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