chapter  22
Gender Equity for African Americans
ByOlga M. Welch, Faye E. Patterson, Kimberly A. Scott, Diane S. Pollard
Pages 16

Chapter 1 in this Handbook suggests that gender equity means “achieving parity between males and females in the quality of life, academic, and work outcomes valued by society without limitations associated with gender stereotypes, gender roles, or prejudices” (p. 1). However, as other chapters in the Handbook illustrate, gender inequities for males and females in education exist. For African Americans, in particular, concerns around gender are too often entangled with or subverted to the larger issues of race and racism. This tendency to focus on race and racism when considering African Americans in education derives from two somewhat related sources.