This course is a thematic exploration of some of the roles women have played in Africa over the last five hundred years. Through broader historical studies as well as individuals’ life stories, we will examine some of the activities and actions of women as well as the ways in which other actors, such as men within their societies and the colonial state, tried to control women’s access to wealth, state resources, and authority. We will study the ways in which women responded and some of the desires, limitations, and necessities that drove their actions. Some of the themes we will cover include women in slavery and slave societies, women’s religious and political power, and women’s interactions with the colonial state.
Dr. Lacy S. Ferrell