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On Spiritual Strivings: Transforming an African American Woman's Academic Life

reviewed by Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela & Monica A. Evans - May 15, 2008

coverTitle: On Spiritual Strivings: Transforming an African American Woman's Academic Life
Author(s): Cynthia B. Dillard
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791468119, Pages: 136, Year: 2006
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Black women’s lives are inextricably linked to a history of racist and sexist oppression that institutionalizes the devaluation of African American women as idealizes their White counterparts. For Black women (within the United States), issues of gender are always connected to race because the two are inseparable. This is a paradoxical situation. While their race and gender make them so visible on the outside, when they are devalued, ignored, and disrespected, they are sometimes left feeling invisible inside. (Williams, 2001, p. 94) The above-stated quote by Lisa Williams (2001) conveys the complex position of many African American women in the US academy. Numerous scholars (Alfred, 2001; Turner & Myers, 2000, Gregory, 1995) have shown that African American women academics and other minority scholars continue to be under-represented, especially within the upper echelons of the academy. While there are various initiatives that have been implemented to mediate that gap between scholars of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 15, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15256, Date Accessed: 8/8/2020 8:03:46 PM

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  • Reitumetse Mabokela
    Michigan State University
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    REITUMETSE OBAKENG MABOKELA is an Associate Professor in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University. She is the editor of the recently published Soaring Beyond Boundaries: Women Breaking Barriers in Traditional Societies (Sense Publishers, 2007).
  • Monica Evans
    Michigan State University
    MONICA A. EVANS is a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy Studies at Michigan State University. Her research interests include the examination of affirmative action policies Brazilian higher education.
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