Women and African Nationalism

  title={Women and African Nationalism},
  author={S. Geiger},
  journal={Journal of Women's History},
  pages={227 - 244}
  • S. Geiger
  • Published 1990
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Women's History
The history of studies of women's involvement in African nationalist struggle, mobilization, and party politics can be traced along intellectual and political paths that initially followed, later paralleled, but have seldom deviated from or led the course of Africanist historiography.1 On the face of it, it would seem that those of us who have focused on or seriously included women in our African research should have done better. After all, the birth of most independent African nations from the… Expand
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