'Inspiring a revolution': Women's central role in Tanzanian institutions, independence and beyond
Contribution to Book
Gendered Institutions and Women's Political Representation in Africa
Diana Højlund Madsen
Catherine Cymone FoursheyMarla L. Jaksch Critical readings of institutionalism reveal a disturbing, yet common pattern – a pattern in which women and their contributions – if they make it into the picture at all – are distorted and pushed to the margins. In-depth analyses of women’s political engagement in Africa continue to be limited and underdeveloped (Mulligan 1999; Yoon 2013, 2011) . Major scholarly works rarely address the gendered nature of political processes and political institutions; rather, they are androcentrically presented as normatively male. This persists despite a growing and rich feminist literature on women in the fields of history, sociology, development and politics. For the most part the scholarship examines aspects of women’s oppression and victimhood but rarely the consistent examples of women’s achievements and societal contributions evident in the Tanzanian context.
Madsen, Diana Højlund, eds. Gendered Institutions and Women’s Political Representation in Africa. London,: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021. Accessed March 14, 2021. http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9780755637829.