Kikuyu Women and the Mau Mau Rebellion

TitleKikuyu Women and the Mau Mau Rebellion
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsPresley, Cora Ann
EditorOkihiro, Gary Y.
Book TitleIn Resistance: Studies in African, Caribbean, and Afro-American History
PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts Press

Based on rare oral data from women participants in the Mau Mau rebellion, this book chapter explores the role of women in the Mau Mau Rebellion (1952-1960). The author argues that women's involvement in anti-colonial activities began during the World War I era when the state forcibly recruited women into a wage labor system characterized by physical and sexual abuse. Women took part in all facets of the increasingly violent nationalist movement, including serving in the guerilla army.

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