The Feminist Inside the Strong Black Woman

Graduation Date


Document Type

Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Humanities and Cultural Studies

Department or Program Chair

Chase B. Clow, PhD

First Reader

Thomas Burke, MFA


The purpose of this literature review is to examine the concept of the “Strong Black Woman” in relationship to the concept of feminism, to answer the question; Is there a feminist hidden inside the Strong Black Woman?

The first goal is to gain an understanding of the meaning of “Strong Black woman” and the meaning of feminism the interconnectedness and differences of the two concepts. Secondly, to view feminism though the lens the of Black women, considering factors such as race and racial identity both public and privet, education economics, environment and geography to find how those perceived definitions are supported by family and social constructs. Through research, small sample interviews, some autobiographical work, and investigating, culture and media, to bring to light some strategies for Black women to navigate the challenges Black women have in defining themselves and their womanhood both within and outside their culture.

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