Through an African Feminist Theoretical Lens

Viewing Caribbean Women’s History Cross-culturally
  • Rosalyn Terborg-Penn


African feminism is a theoretical approach developed in the early 1980s by anthropologist Filomina Chioma Steady, who herself is a child of the African diaspora. Born in Sierra Leone, Steady’s ancestors were enslaved in another area of the African continent, trekked to the sea, then packed on a slave ship bound for the Americas. En route the vessel was captured by the British; the Africans were freed and returned to the African continent, but settled in Sierra Leone. However, this British colony was not their home of origin. Perhaps the legacy of her family experience influenced Steady in developing the African feminist theory, because it lends itself not only to the experiences of women of African descent on the continent, but also to women of the African diaspora worldwide.1


Black Woman African Continent African Descent Puerto Rican Woman African Diaspora 
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