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Year of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

MALS: Social Sciences

Directing Professor

Thomas Jefferson Anderson


There are few spaces for black women in academia, the goal was to continue to give a voice to the women that are misunderstood and often unheard. This thesis aims to analyze how racism, sexism, and oppression have shaped the black woman’s life since slavery. America has this narrow view of black women and that is largely due to how white men labeled black women post slavery. Due to these false beliefs, the black woman’s struggle for equality differs from their white counterparts. Black women being stereotyped as hypersexual beings has impacted their ability to live the lives they desire. However, by consistently working to change the narrative that black women are “welfare queens”, hypersexual, or mammy type figures is how black women begin to achieve some form of equality.