A contemporary approach to the ethnography of gender in southern Africa, this book makes an important contribution through its exploration of the intersections between gender, fertility, and personhood in Botswana. It illustrates the precarity and positionality of women in this region and the need for ethnographic understandings of the lived experiences of those with whom we work.
Rebecca Upton, Colgate University, USA
A necessary and beautiful book that delves deep, with such tact and academic rigour, into contemporary womanhood in Botswana by centring the women's narratives. By analysing, and exposing the intricate bi-legal, historical, societal and gendered interconnections, the book illuminates the complexities and contradictions of Black Batswana womanhood without being universalistic.
Patrycja Sosnowska-Buxton, The University of Stavanger, Norway
Stephanie's book is a fluent, compelling, challenging read. The experience of navigating womanhood that she sets out is filled with pain and unachievable standards. Whilst Stephanie explores some of the ways in which attitudes towards womanhood are changing, it seems that change comes very slowly.
Alexander McLean, Founder and CEO of Justice Defenders
Written in an accessible and captivating manner this book weaves the story of Batswana women through multiple facets of their lives. It brilliantly amplifies the voices of the women telling their stories in their own words. Although written about Botswana, it is very much the story of all African women and indeed many aspects will resonate with women across the world. While acknowledging the positive strides made so far, it also captures the ground that is yet to be won. A must read for all gender and development practitioners, students and women everywhere.
Evelyne Opondo, Africa Director at International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
This book is an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of the construction of womanhood in a particular context and location while also contextualising it for women worldwide. It is an in-depth, scholarly study, nevertheless written in clear, accessible English and has my warmest recommendation for readers to further their understanding of the subtleties of gender construction and the implications for diverse women's lives.
Robin Burns, Formerly of La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia