A Similar, marginal place in the academy: Contextualizing the leadership strategies of black women in the United States and South Africa

Academic Article


  • The Problem: Persisting challenges of inequity in higher education often position Black women as outsiders within their academic environments, resulting in Black women employing strategies that reflect constant negotiation to achieve power, identity, and voice. Black women's status internationally "at the margins" remains an unexplored leadership style in human resource development (HRD). Being at the margins, domestically or internationally, likely means that Black women everywhere engage in strategies in order to achieve power, identity, and voice. The Solution: Examining the position, perspectives, and leadership strategies of this typically underserved population globally works to deconstruct lingering policies that limit their access to development in higher education institutions. The Stakeholders: The purpose of this article is to present Black women's unique social and cultural insights in leadership, increase the visibility of their experiences within their academic environments, and inform key educational leaders and HRD practitioners of the persistent barriers Black women encounter. © 2012 SAGE Publications.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 20469779
  • Author List

  • Johnson LN; Thomas KM
  • Start Page

  • 156
  • End Page

  • 171
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 2