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African Women: A Modern History

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Over the last century, the social and economic roles played by African women have evolved dramatically. Long confined to home and field, overlooked by their menfolk and missionaries alike, African women worked, thought, dreamed, and struggled. They migrated to the cities, invented new jobs, and activated the so-called informal economy to become Africa’s economic and social ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published January 31st 1997 by Westview Press (first published January 30th 1996)
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Matthew Quest
This is an outstanding textbook and introduction to African Women's History. The title suggests the puzzle it unravels. African Women are often presented as being at the center of problems of underdevelopment in contrast to the rights and dignities associated with modern industrial nations -- of course this comparison is an imperial falsity. Nevertheless, one must grapple with women as peasant farmers, their theologies and ethnicities, struggles with health and wisdom for healing, their relation ...more
A broad overview of African women's history from the eighteenth century to the 1990s, African Women uses thematic chapters on such issues as work, education and political involvement to examine not just women's lives in sub-Saharan Africa, but also the major differences in gender roles in the region. As an introduction to the topic, it's useful, and I learned about many individuals and institutions which, to my shame, I had never heard of before—for instance, Kimpa Vita/Dona Beatriz of Angola, a ...more
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