Race, Culture, and Identity
The Impact of Matriarchal Traditions on the Advancement of Ashanti Women in Ghana
What is the impact of a matriarchal tradition and the tradition of an African queen mother-ship on the ability of African women to advance in political, educational, and economic spheres in their countries? The Ashanti tribe of the Man people is the largest tribe in Ghana; it is a matrilineal society. A description of the precolonial matriarchal tradition among the Ashanti people of Ghana, an analysis of how the matriarchal concept has evolved in more contemporary governments and political situations in Ghana, and an analysis of the status of women in modern Ghana may provide some insight into the impact of the queen-mothership concept.
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