Readings for Third World Women's History Course

Query From Ellen Fleischmann 27 Mar 1998

I am working on developing a Third World women's history course, and would like to request suggestions for readings (appropriate to upper level undergraduates). I will probably rely fairly heavily on readings about women's movements, although there is a dearth of material on african women in particular, it seems. (There is nothing on Africa in Jayawardena's book _Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World_, for example.)

Any help would be much appreciated. But a note: my specialty is women and gender in the Middle East, so I do not need suggestions in that field so much as in the fields of African, Asian and Latin American history in particular.

Also, I would be interested in correspondence with anyone who works in non-Western (my apologies for the term!) women's history. Some of us feel pretty marginalized. My specialty is Palestinian women's history.


From Joan Saverino 30 Mar 1998

See Gwendolyn Mikell's edited volume, African Feminism: Politics of Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa. U. of Pennsylvania Press, 1997. The articles may or may not be what you're looking for.

From Cheryl Thurber 30 Mar 1998

A book I have used with much success (students like it, & good discussions) is Aman,the Story of a Somali Girl, by Aman, as told to Virginia Lee Barnes & Janice Boddy, it is a vintage paperback, 1994.

I am using Viramma: Life of an Untouchable. by Viramma, Josiane Racine and Jean Luc Racine (Verso/UNESCO, 1997) for the first time. Both tell the lives of individual women in mid-late 20th century. They are each powerful in their own ways, so much so that students do not sell the books back to the bookstore but instead urge family & friends to read the book.

From Mary Todd 30 Mar 1998

You should look at the collection titled _Restoring Women to History_ edited by Margaret Strobel and Cheryl Johnson-Odim, originally published by the OAH but recently revised and due out soon by Indiana University Press in several volumes. The collection covers Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. It's an invaluable resource.

From Paulette Meyer 30 Mar 1998

Good sources for women in world history are available from the Upper Midwest Women's History Project in St. Paul MN. Ask for their catalogue for various age levels. phone 612-644-1727 fax 612-644-3350 address 749 Simpson St. St Paul, MN 55104 My name is Paulette Meyer and I teach World History and European History at Humboldt State University Arcata CA 95521 My research is on German women physicians and midwives.

From Allyson Poska 30 Mar 1998

I am a historian who team teaches a course on Gender and Development in the Third World. We use Jean Davison's _Voices from Mutira_ for the section on Africa and supplement it with a variety of journal articles depending on where in Africa we use as the case study.

From Maria Elena Raymond

If you haven't done so, please check the H-Women website under "bibliographies" and "syllabi." There may be information at those two sites which would be helpful to you. URL is