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Leah Asen, Hope College

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Dr. Marissa J. Doshi, Communication

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This study set out to understand the ways that society discursively constructs female leaders in the workforce. Although women currently make up a little under half the workforce, very few women are at top-level positions in hierarchical businesses. This project used semiotic analysis, discourse analysis, and intersectional analysis to deconstruct texts centering Sheryl Sandberg. By deconstructing multiple texts, this study uncovers explicit and implicit messages that persist in the conversation about women in the workplace. This study found that while women are welcome in the workplace today there are still deep-rooted cultural oppressions at work that must be addressed and even affect the career and experiences of women in powerful leadership positions.

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