“Beating Onward, Ever Onward”

Stephanie Y. Evans

in Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850–1954

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032689
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039299 | DOI:
“Beating Onward, Ever Onward”

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This chapter discusses the growth in education attainment between 1910 and 1954 and the development of a significant number of collegiate women. In the period between 1910 and 1954, the emergence of the Harlem Renaissance and the intensification of demands for citizenship rights had a great impact on black women's college experiences in the third wave of educational attainment. While black women were generally admitted to undergraduate schools, the slow yet increasing access to graduate schools accorded to black women drove throngs of migrants to the northern and urban areas where urban institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, and Columbia University of New York were situated. This chapter also discusses the social contracts through which black women had to creatively negotiate in order to attain the most sought after education and social equity.

Keywords: growth; education attainment; undergraduate schools; collegiate women; migrants; Harlem Renaissance; black women; educational attainment; graduate schools

Chapter.  7887 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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