Femininity and Feminism: The White Women of Kenya

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Van Dyck, Alexandra
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1996
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In 1938 there was a white population living in Kenya of just 20,894, and it was not until the turn of the century that this population began to establish itself in Kenya at all. Thus, it seems quite remarkable to me that within such a small pool of people and within such a short amount of time, a relatively large number of white, Kenyan women earned world-wide recognition. Did they lead lifestyles which naturally drew attention to themselves and thus the women? Or did they achieve things which were truly extraordinary? Or perhaps they were known, as are so many women in history, simply through their husbands? I very quickly came to the conclusion that these women were unquestionably unique: there is, quite obviously something which distinguishes them from most of the women I know at home in the United States and those I know in Europe. Some would label the uniqueness "feminist."
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