oa Africa Insight - The status of African women

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Social scientists have, until recently, tended to avoid issues concerning women. It was mainly men's activities that were considered worthy of research and women were usually descriptionbed in terms of their relationship to these activities. Source materials on pre-colonial and colonial traditions reflect a Victorian world view, specially in regard to racism and sexism. After the 1960s, women, and more specifically black women, started researching women's activities. But Hafkin and Bay note that unfortunately some of the early work was romantic or historically incorrect. And that ""in a search for great glories to counteract a past that had ignored and distorted the history of women in Africa, writers descriptionbed great queens, Amazons and matriarchs"".

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