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Title:Grassroots Organizing: Women in Anti-Colonial Activity in Southwestern Nigeria
Author:Johnson, Cheryl P.
Year:1982
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:25
Issue:2-3
Period:July-September
Pages:137-157
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:national liberation movements
market women
feminism
Women's Issues
History and Exploration
colonialism
nationalism
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524214
Abstract:West African women were active participants in the making of the histories of the societies in which they lived. Colonialism altered women's position in their societies. It particularly affected their economic roles and ability to participate in local governments. South Nigerian women quickly perceived the nature of the threat to their interests and regrouped their forces in order to preserve their interests. Usualiy this centered on organizing market women along new lines, utilizing both traditional skills and concepts of leadership as well as western protest actions. The new organizations represented the uniting of the western educated elite leadership and traditional Yoruba leadership and institutions in order to promote the welfare of Yoruba women within the changed circumstances of the colonial situation This study examines three of these movements: the Lagos Market Women's Association led by Madam Alimotu Pelewura, the Nigerian Women's Party led by Lady Oyinkan Abayomi, and the Abeokuta Women's Union led by Mrs. Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti (formerly Ransome-Kuti). Notes, ref.
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