The Palgrave Handbook of African Women's Studies

  • Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
  • Toyin Falola
  • Includes marginal and less-studied aspects of African women’s experiences including coverage of sports, environmental activism, Islamic fundamentalism, disabilities, LGBTQ issues, and more

  • Presents a diversity of African women’s experiences, taking into account differences of race, nationality, ethnicity, class, and gender, among others

  • Privileges the voices of African women themselves in the authorship and contents of the essays in this volume

  • Delivers a pedagogic tool available to students, instructors, researchers, policy makers, and activists who wish to engage the various topics and issues

Living reference work

Table of contents

About this book


This definitive handbook is the first reference of its kind bringing together knowledge, scholarship, and debates on themes and issues concerning African women everywhere. It reviews and evaluates African women’s historical, cultural, social, political, economic, religious, private, local, and global lives and activities. Contributors offer a consistent emphasis on debunking erroneous and misleading myths about African women's roles and positions, bringing their previously marginalized stories to relief, and ultimately re-writing their histories. This reference work includes, to the greatest extent possible, the voices of African women themselves as writers of their own stories. The detailed, rigorous and up-to-date analyses in the work represent a variety of theoretical, methodological, and transdisciplinary approaches. This reference work will prove vital in charting new directions for the study of African women, and will reverberate in future studies, generating new debates and engendering further interest.


African Women Gender and African Studies Women's Movements in Africa African Women's Histories African Women's Culture African Women and Performance Research Methodologies and African Women African Women and Politics African Women and Conflict Gender-based Violence in Africa African Women and Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
    • 1
  • Toyin Falola
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationBabcock UniversityIlishan RemoNigeria
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

About the editors

Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso is Associate Professor of Political Science at Babcock University, Nigeria. She is co-editor of Women in Africa: Contexts, Rights, Hegemonies (2012), Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora (2017), as well as of three other forthcoming titles. She serves as Editor of the Journal of International Politics and Development and on the board and as reviewer for various reputable international journals. Her research has been supported by grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the International Development Research Centre, the University for Peace Africa Program, Association of African Political Science, among others.

Toyin Falola is Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is author and editor of more than 140 books. He previously served as President of the African Studies Association, and as Kluge Chair in the Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. Falola has received various awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from Monmouth University, USA; City University of New York, Staten Island, USA; Lead City University, Nigeria; Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria; and Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of African Women's Studies
  • Editors Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
    Toyin Falola
  • DOI
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-77030-7
  • Edition Number 0
  • Number of Pages , 2213
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Women's Studies
    African History
    African Culture
    African Politics
    Culture and Gender
    Politics and Gender