Report 1: Women and the Family in Bamako


Savineau left Dakar on 17 October 1937 arriving in Bamako, the capital of colonial French Sudan, two days later. She spent the next 9 days in the capital interviewing residents on various aspects of their lives under French colonial rule. She sought particularly to meet women in the city, and generally collected views on family life. She asked her interviewees, men and women, how much they were earning, what they spent their salaries on, what experience they had had of the burgeoning French legal system, and even enquired into their marriage arrangements. She also took a great deal of interest in how people arranged their homes.


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