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SILVA, Petronilha Beatriz Gonçalves e. "The moment has come for us to bring ourselves forth" Positioning ourselves as women and as Black. Cad. CEDES [online]. 1998, vol.19, n.45, pp. 7-23. ISSN 0101-3262.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-32621998000200002.

The article focuses on disclosures made by black women in an attempt to establish dimensions of their self construction as citizens in a society that discriminates against the gender and race/ethnic group to which they belong. Militant women belonging to the Black Movement in the southern states of the country were queried on the meaning of being women and black. The responses highlight that self representation as black women implies to permanently confront discriminatory attitudes and postures. In addition, it requires combativeness, introspection, positive self image, as well as a critical stance towards social relations while putting forward proposals for their transformation. The study points out that in search of construing their presence in society, these women struggle to overcome the invisibility imposed on the descendants of Africans. The women also struggle to have the needs of this group met by social policies that would address the problems that afflict it and would eliminate the oppressions that are inflicted upon it, fighting in this manner, for justice for all those who are marginalized by society. The article concludes with the assertion that the most genuine sources of knowledge concerning the black women are themselves, indicating the need for studies that address this theme, to have at center, the former's points of view as women and blacks.

Keywords : Mulheres negras; relações raciais e de gênero; educação; desvantagens; políticas públicas.

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