Women During The Past, Women Essay

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In the past, women in Africa have held a variety of statuses across the continent. Between the years 1500 and 1800 some were in high positions of power while others were forced into slavery and many others were somewhere in between. By looking at the different situations we can see that no matter what position a women was in, far too often she was still regarded as less of a person just because of her sex. Nzinga of Angola was a women living during the late 15th and 16th centuries. She was in the Kingdom Matamaba on the eastern coast of southern Africa where many Portuguese were coming for slaves. Her involvement with the Portuguese allowed her to eventually ascend to the throne after her brother died. She had a large influence over the slave trade and by the 1640s Matamaba was the largest state in the region. Nzinga clearly knew how to grab onto and hold power. Contact and negotiation with the Portuguese and eventually the Dutch was most likely not what most people in the region wanted, but she did it and it worked in her favor. Her actions were not necessarily inspiring, but the result certainly was. To eventually ascend to the throne and control such a large state in Africa is amazing. Her becoming a ruler could have happened under better circumstances, but since women are often expected to be more passive, it’s impressive to see a women taking such initiative to ensure her own wishes were fulfilled. Though, it’s also disheartening to know that they only reason a women…

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