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ERIC Number: EJ874412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Overcoming the Odds: Challenges and Successes of Sub-Saharan African Women Seeking Higher Education in the United States
Gatua, Mary Wairimu
Adult Learning, v20 n3-4 p16-19 Sum-Fall 2009
This article describes the challenges Sub-Saharan African women, including the author, have experienced in their pursuit of graduate studies in the United States and successful strategies that have been adopted. The author begins with a brief overview of the education of girls and women in Sub-Saharan African countries. She then explores the successes of women in achieving their learning goals by sharing her story of challenges and successes. In addition, she examines some narratives of African women as they negotiate their identity as custodians of African cultures, as well as their transformational learning as a framework for change. The author concludes with a discussion of how African educational policies might be changed to provide women with more opportunities in higher education and what US universities' educators might do to support African women in their studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya; United States