Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kathleen Sheldon


Book not available in Zimbabwe.


The Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on individual African women in history, politics, religion, and the arts; on important events, organizations, and publications; and on topics important to women in general (marriage, fertility, employment) and to African women in particular (market women, child marriage, queen mothers). This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Women in Africa.


[Sheldon's] great strength is her ability to write with a clarity that makes entries accessible to novices even as her extensive coverage allows them to be of value to specialists. - Edna G. Bay, The Journal of African History


Kathleen Sheldon is an independent historian with a research affiliation at the Center for the Study of Women, University of California, Los Angeles. She has published books and articles on African history, with particular concentration on women’s history and Mozambique.