"I See How You Got In": African American Women on Rice University Women's Sports Teams
1st prize winner of the Friends of Fondren Library Undergraduate Research Awards, 2018. This paper was originally prepared for Course HIST 421, Fall 2017: Race and Education in the American South, given by Professor Dr. Alexander Byrd, Department of History.
African American female athletes are a unique and often understudied group within the realm of intercollegiate athletics. Their race, gender, and athletic status interact to impact their academic and social experiences in ways that are different from both African American men and white women. African American women often face contradictory stereotypes both in the classroom and on the athletic field, and their experiences reflect larger historical and sociological trends surrounding race, gender, sports, and education. This paper uses interviews with early African American female athletes at Rice University, as well as archival data, to explore the factors affecting this group.