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Title:A New Look at Colonial Women: British Teachers and Activists in Uganda, 1898-1962
Author:Tripp, Aili M.ISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic terms:Uganda
Great Britain
women's education
Women's Issues
History and Exploration
Education and Oral Traditions
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Education and Training
Labor and Employment
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4107270
Abstract:Much of the literature on colonial women implicitly or explicitly adopts the lens of 'domesticity' to explore the ways in which European women's activities served the broader colonial project. The education that early missionary women provided is said to have been geared toward making African women into better wives of 'Westernized' African men. This article shows that throughout the history of colonialism in Uganda, missionary women, female colonial administrators, and educators fought for women's rights through the promotion of girls' education and women's clubs. They saw both indigenous cultures and the colonial administration as imposing constraints on women's advancement. While they were keen to improve domestic skills, these were seen as a stepping stone to women's advancement in the public sphere as well. They provided links to international women's movements, and their education helped expand women's occupations from education and nursing to the professions, business and politics, especially in the post-World War II years. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French. [ASC Leiden abstract]