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Baartman, Sara  

Clifton Crais

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May 2020
Sara Baartman (also known as Saartje, Saartjie, or Sarah), a South African woman, was widely known on stage in England and France in the early 19th century, and subsequently internationally ... More

The Amazons of Dahomey  

Agbenyega Adedze

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May 2020
The Amazons in general come from Greek legend and myth without any palpable historical evidence. However, there is no doubt about the historical female fighters of the erstwhile Kingdom of ... More

Women, Gender, and Sexuality in East Africa  

Miroslava Prazak

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May 2020
The sty of women in East Africa did not begin until the 1970s and 1980s. Knowledge of times past comes from colonial records, filtered through the lenses of late Victorian-era men and from ... More

Women in Burundi  

Marie Saiget

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May 2020
The history of women is characterized by nonlinear and gendered social, political and economic processes. In particular, the history of Burundian women’s collective actions has been ... More

Women in Postcolonial Africa  

Selina Makana

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May 2020
As scholars of Africa continue to challenge the place and role of Africa in world history, shedding light on women as valid historical actors in postcolonial Africa within the last three ... More

Women in Seychelles  

Penda Choppy

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May 2020
Seychellois society is generally perceived to be matrifocal. This is because women’s influence is considered all pervasive, from the family unit to church and political activities and ... More

Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo  

Amandine Lauro

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May 2020
Since the turn of the 21st century, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has frequently been portrayed in international media as “the worst place in the world to be a woman.” The ... More

Women’s Literature in African History  

Anthonia C. Kalu

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May 2020
African literature refers to (a) African oral literature (also called Orature) and (b) written African literature from West, North, Central, East, and Southern Africa. African oral ... More

al-Nafzaouiya, Zaynab  

Hasna Lebbady and Hiam El Hilali

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Mar 2020
Referred to as the best-known Amazigh malika (queen), Zaynab al-Nafzaouiya was centrally involved with the building of the Almoravid dynasty of Morocco and its empire in the 11th century. ... More

Ben M’rad, Bchira  

Lilia Labidi

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Mar 2020
The Tunisian Bchira Ben M’rad (1913–1993), a feminist for some, a reformist for others, was a significant figure in Tunisia in the first half of the 20th century in the struggles for ... More

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