In Africa, women leaders have a strong legacy. Female pharaohs ruled ancient Egypt, queens and queen mothers have reigned throughout contemporary Africa, and women across the continent have led modern liberation movements.
This book’s wide-ranging examination of African women leaders focuses especially on women in elected or appointed national government positions. The author provides an extensive analysis of the progress made by women leaders in each individual country, as well as an overall analysis of the historical role of women in African governments. In addition, the book offers in-depth profiles of eleven women in high office, including current Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Mozambique prime minister Luisa Diogo. A table lists quotas for the percentage of women in African parliaments. An appendix shows the current number of women in national parliaments worldwide.
About the Author
Sociologist Rosemarie Skaine lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She has also written Female Suicide Bombers (2006), Female Genital Mutilation (2005), The Cuban Family (2004), Paternity and American Law (2003), The Women of Afghanistan Under the Taliban (2002), Women College Basketball Coaches (2001), Women at War (1999) A Man of the Twentieth Century (1999) and Power and Gender (1996).
, Social Sciences
, Women's Issues/Studies