“The Third Step”

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:
“The Third Step”

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The progress toward building a critical mass of undergraduate degree holders moved at a slow pace for black women, most especially their quest to attain degree holder. This chapter probes into the conditions under which African American women pursued graduate studies and explores the disciplinary perspectives of early scholars. Focus is directed on the biographies of Eva Dykes, Sadie Alexander, Georgiana Simpson, and Anna Cooper, all of which tell of a passion for intellectual engagement and a dedication to pursuing research that had practical implications for human and civil rights.

Keywords: undergraduate degree; degree; black women; graduate studies; African American women; Eva Dykes; Sadie Alexander; Georgiana Simpson; Anna Cooper

Chapter.  7057 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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