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Women and Power in Zimbabwe: Promises of Feminism

Carolyn Martin Shaw


Rhodesia's rebirth as Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe's rise to power dashed the hopes of women who had imagined independence as a road to gender equity and economic justice. Using history, literature, participant observation, and interviews, this book draws on thirty years of experience to survey Zimbabwean feminism from the colonial era to today. The book's analysis shows how actions as seemingly disparate as an ability to bake scones during the revolution and achieving power within a marriage in fact represent complex sources of female empowerment. The book also presents the ways women across Zi ... More

Keywords: gender equity, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, economic justice, feminism, female empowerment, Zimbabwean women, African women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039638
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Martin Shaw, author
University of California, Santa Cruz-Prof. Emerita