In This Review

African Women South of the Sahara
African Women South of the Sahara
By Margaret Jean Hay and Sharon Stichter
Longman, 1984, 225 pp

This engrossing survey portrays women in Africa today as emotionally independent and economically self-reliant actors whose control of available material assets, however, is steadily eroding. Traditionally the main producers of food and providers of children's subsistence, women have seen their ability to perform these functions circumscribed by colonial and independent government policies aimed at male farmers. The current African food crisis will very likely exacerbate social strains, either by increasing women's economic stake or by pushing them further to the margins even in the subsistence farming areas.