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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

"Yoruba Womanhood in Nigeria: Gender, Power, an Governance

Fri, October 5, 2007 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM • PAR 201

Scholarship on gender in Africa has failed to accentuate the contributions of African women, particularly Yoruba women, to the progress of African nations. Gender discourses on the 'Third World' tell tales of oppression and subjugation, while other gender discourses tell tales of assertion and self-reliance.

In Nigeria, Yoruba women are seen as regents, king makers, monarchical co-rulers, and economic power brokers. They have successfully displayed matriarchal power in a patriarchal society, excelled in the principle of dual force of authority, and have defied the image of 'women-as-victim' ascribed to them.

Sponsored by: Center for Women's and Gender Studies

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