Sisters and Wives: The Past and The Future of Sexual Equality

Karen Sacks, a professor of anthropology and director of women’s studies at the University of California at Los Angeles was one of the women who showed how women would deal differently with motherhood in other societies.

In her book, Sisters and Wives, written in 1982, she writes a lively and beautifully researched analysis of mothers roles in primitive societies (pre-capitalist) in Africa. She showed how they turn out to be quite interesting for women’s issues throughout our modern world. She does not moan about the equality debate between men and women but gives a data driven explanation of women’s relationships and their status across six different African groups of societies.

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