inquiry-based lesson plans
Important influences on different women's lives:
Nile River Valley:
The Nile River Valley was where human civilizations in Africa began. But before that, we know that all humans emerged out of Africa. The oldest human remains found were that of a woman, Lucy in Ethiopia. Learn more. Women's stories were told in myths and give us a good idea of the roles women played. Learn more.
The Bantu migrations moved women southward in Africa and powerful kingdoms emerged, often led by women. Learn more.
European colonialism in Africa had a profound impact on the people who lived there and changed power dynamics, borders, and gender norms. Women emerged as warriors and leaders in resistance to first the slave trade, then colonial rule. Learn more about the impact of the slave trade. Learn more about women's roles in imperialism.
Efforts to decolonize Africa were led by and impacted women across the continent. Learn more.