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Women and power in Zimbabwe : promises of feminism

Author: Carolyn Martin Shaw
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The revolt against white rule in Rhodesia nurtured incipient local feminisms in women who imagined independence as a road to gender equity and economic justice. But the country's rebirth as Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe's rise to power dashed these hopes. Using history, literature, participant observation, and interviews, Carolyn Martin Shaw surveys Zimbabwean feminisms from the colonial era to today. She examines how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Martin Shaw
ISBN: 9780252039638 0252039637 9780252081132 0252081137
OCLC Number: 907966244
Description: x, 201 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Sticks and scones : the homecraft movement in colonial Zimbabwe --
Flame, Nyaradzo, and pretty : black women and girls in Harare with reason to hope --
Women against government : an NGO under stress --
Mercy, mercy, mercy : middle-class working wives and mothers in Harare --
Reflections : promises of freedom and feminism.
Responsibility: Carolyn Martin Shaw.
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The revolt against white rule in Rhodesia nurtured incipient local feminisms in women who imagined independence as a road to gender equity and economic justice. But the country's rebirth as Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe's rise to power dashed these hopes. Using history, literature, participant observation, and interviews, Carolyn Martin Shaw surveys Zimbabwean feminisms from the colonial era to today. She examines 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. She also presents the ways women across Zimbabwean society--rural and urban, professional and domestic--accommodated or confronted post-independence setbacks. Finally, Shaw offers perspectives on the ways contemporary Zimbabwean women depart from the prevailing view that feminism is a Western imposition having little to do with African women. The result of thirty years of experience, Women and Power in Zimbabwe addresses what happened when a generation of African women deferred their dreams of empowerment.--

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