Bringing the Voices Together Academic Article uri icon


  • The linking pin among the articles in this Issue is the existence of sociocultural realities of race, gender, and social class in the everyday, lived experiences of African American women leaders. Sociocultural realities make an argument for recognizing intersectionality (the juncture of these sociocultural realities) and the experiences that can emerge (disempowering, exclusion, etc.). Therefore, sociocultural theories are needed to explain these experiences. The overarching theme of this Issue has been to give voice to African American women on encounters with intersectionality in their leadership experience. Until the silent voices are allowed to speak, the dominant perspectives will continue to ignore and challenge the need for these conversations to take place. It is in making the space for and the hearing of these voices that the value to HRD lies. For doing so informs the development and refinement of informing HRD theories, the expansion of the theoretical foundations of HRD, and the more informed research and practice of the field and profession.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Byrd, M. Y., & Stanley, C. A.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • Byrd, Marilyn Y||Stanley, Christine A

publication date

  • October 2009