From the Editors
The lead article in this issue--"Narratives from Women of Color in the Halls of Academe," by Pat Washington--continues a series begun over a year ago, of essay book reviews on gender and higher education. Before this we had "Gender Discrimination in the Academy," by Collette Morrow (v.26, no.4, Summer 2005, pp.1-4); "A College of One's Own: Women and Coeducation" by Sara N.S. Meirowitz, (v.26, no.4, Summer 2005, pp.5-8); and "Foreign-Born Women Academics in the U.S.," by Shu-Ju Ada Cheng (v.27, no.1, Fall 2005, pp. 11-14). The series will conclude in an upcoming issue with a review by Frances Kavenik of books on working-class women and higher education.
Dr. Washington, who describes herself as "both a casualty and a survivor of predominantly white universities," offers an incisive analysis, on pages 1-6 herein, of three texts that "cover a wide spectrum in terms of the quality of their insights and recommendations for women of color in today's U.S.-based, post-Civil Rights institutions of higher learning"--including one (you'll have to read the review to find out which one!) that "delivers on its promise to use a critical race feminist approach to discuss the multiple identities and social positionalities of women of color, including the ways in which women of color navigate academic environments, as well as the broader environment of the dominant culture."
After--or maybe while--perusing the reviews on this theme, you may want to look at the website of Feminists Against Academic Discrimination, or F.A.A.D., at http://www.f-a-a-d.com. Originally formed in 1981 as NWSA's Task Force on Academic Discrimination (later renamed the Academic Discrimination Advisory Board), F. …