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Published by University Press of Florida in Gainesville .
Written in English



  • United States.


  • African American women college teachers.,
  • African American women college administrators.,
  • Discrimination in higher education -- United States.,
  • Sex discrimination in higher education -- United States.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statementedited by Lois Benjamin.
ContributionsBenjamin, Lois, 1944-
LC ClassificationsLB2332.3 .B53 1997
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 360 p. ;
Number of Pages360
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1007473M
ISBN 100813015006
LC Control Number96047388

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