Founding Women of the Pan African Movement

Departing from patriarchal comfort in the tale of two Amy’s

By Vistra Greenaway-Harvey

30th November 2016



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A great contradiction sits uncomfortably in Pan-Africanism: on one hand, its proponents herald the famed matriarchal societies of antiquity, but on the other, the incredible work of female Pan-African activists remains consistently overlooked. This dichotomy is best evidenced in the contrasting portrayals of Marcus Garvey’s wives, Amy Ashwood and Amy Jacques. We take a look at their contributions to the Pan African movement.

About Author

Vistra Greenaway-Harvey is an academic copywriter and legal researcher. As well as African commentary, she drafts consultations and legal submissions for local councils and Fortune 500 companies.