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Who Is Sara Baartman? Every black woman should know her name

Who Is Sara Baartman? Every black woman should know her name

— ADVERTISEMENT — Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman (before 1790 – 29 December 1815)[1] (also spelled Bartman, Bartmann, Baartmen) was the most famous of at least two[2] Khoikhoi women who were exhibited as freak show attractions in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus—”Hottentot” as the then-current name for the Khoi people, now considered an offensive term,[3] and “Venus” in reference to the Roman goddess of love. …

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Black Gender Gap in Educational Attainment: Historical Trends and Racial Comparisons

Black Gender Gap in Educational Attainment: Historical Trends and Racial Comparisons

A 2011 study in Demography, “The Black Gender Gap in Educational Attainment: Historical Trends and Racial Comparisons” (PDF), uses Census data from 1940 to 2000, with additional data from the Census Bureau’s companion American Community Survey, to compare higher education completion rates for black men and women between 1940 and 2000. The rates were then measured against comparable …

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