“A comprehensive history of African women remains a necessity given that current histories of Africa are—after more than 45 years of scholarship on African women—mostly histories of men's actions. Kathleen Sheldon provides a thoroughly researched long view of African women's material lives, social relations, challenges, and forms of mobilization to change their societies.”
— Judith Van Allen, Cornell University
“Kathleen Sheldon's book provides a great spine around which one could build a women's history of Africa survey course or better yet, a feminist history of Africa survey course.”
— Abosede George, Barnard College
“This comprehensive work on African women decisively adds to the understanding of the subject. . . . Highly recommended.”
“This is an essential book that will enrich undergraduate classroom discussions and, hopefully, bring more attention to the rich and creative scholarship produced by scholars of gender and women’s studies.
— Canadian Journal of African Studies