“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
“This comprehensive work on African women decisively adds to the understanding of the subject. . . . Highly recommended.”
“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
“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