These four volumes in this major series... provide a single-source reference to the status of the field of women's history and to ways that the field can be expanded.... A basic set for all academic libraries." -Library Journal Academic Newswire
Berger and White focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, tracing women's history from earliest times to the present. By exploring their place in social, economic, political, and religious life, the authors highlight the changing societal position of women through shifts over time in ideas about gender and the connections between women's public and private spheres.
Iris Berger is Professor of History, Africana studies, and women's studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is also past director of the Institute for Research on women and recently completed a term as president of the African Studies Association. She is author of Threads of Solidarity: Women in South African Industry, 1900-1980 and Religion and Resistance: East African Kingdoms in the Precolonial Period, and co-editor of Women and Class in Africa. E. Frances White is Professor and Dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She writes on African women's history and feminist theory. Her publications include Sierra Leone's Settler Women Traders: Women on the Afro-European Frontier and Africa on My Mind: Gender, Counter Discourse and African American Nationalism.