n South African Journal of Higher Education - Black women academics in higher education : in search of inclusive equal voice and justice : part 2 : being and belonging in South African higher education : the voices of black women academics

Volume 28, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article reflects on the narratives of black women academics in higher education. These narratives range from an interrogation of societal expectations of what it means to be a woman, and more so, a black woman and society's designation of the place of a woman. Some of these experiences include: the struggle to negotiate entry into the higher education space; the challenges that confront women from within and without the higher education system; as well as how otherness is perceived even within a seemingly homogeneous group - black women academics. These narratives and stories, though unique in themselves, are sources for further reflection. The article offers one line of reflection as it proposes questions of inclusion and exclusion, redress and equity, and equalisation of voices as lenses that could be used for analysis.

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