A salute to women's liberation in a portrait of a fascinating primitive people.
Women of the Forest restores something of the balance that has been missing from conventional anthropology--an anthropology largely written by men--in giving this lucid account of the fundamental roles played by women in all societies. Very readable it sets the record straight for widely but wrongly held beliefs concerning many aspects of the roles of the sexes in all societies.
About the Author
Yolanda Murphy, previously on the faculty of Empire State College (SUNY), is retired. Robert F. Murphy was professor of anthropology at Columbia University. He was the author of many books and articles, including Headhunter's Heritage: Social and Economic Change Among the Mundurucú Indians and The Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled, for which he won a Columbia University Lionel Trilling Award.R. Brian Ferguson, editor of the foreword, is professor of anthropology at Rutgers University--Newark. His books include The State, Identity, and Violence and Yanomami Warfare: A Political History.