Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Dr Torrey Wilson

Second Advisor

Dr Penelope Asay


This study involved exploring the lived experiences of women with sexism and its internalization. Ten women participated in the study to share their experiences through personal narratives. The study was qualitative in nature and results yielded coded phenomenological themes related to the experiences of sexism and how it can become internalized. The study’s results are divided into themes and subthemes and supported by direct quotes from the participants. Themes included development & socialization across a range of environments, gender expectations, family of origin, intergenerational sexism, relationship conflict, sexism at work, career expectations, loss of income, intersectional experience of discrimination, appearance & objectification, conditions of worth, resilience, resistance, adverse health impacts, and rape culture. The themes highlighted significant areas that were commonly experienced across multiple identifiers within the heterogenous group of women. Results provide a complex and more comprehensive way of understanding women’s experiences of internalized sexism.