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While women in western countries have traveled halfway in the journey towards freedom women in Africa are still searching for the way There are many factors that make it easier for one group than the other Culture customs and religion are among others at the foreground of those factors The general assumption is that one of the main obstacles to progress for women regardless of where they come from is the pervasive belief that they are inferior and are limited because of their biological role in reproduction These beliefs are held consciously or unconsciously by the majority of men and women the world over In Mariama Bas work So Long a Letter Ba creates two central and strong female characters who contradict the standard role of women in African communities dominated by Islamic doctrines like that of Senegal The author recognized the significant gender-biases that existed it the culture and expressed them through the development of her characters But rather than taking the standard view and assimilating her characters within the culture from which they were raised Ba attempts to challenge the notion of female subjugation and dis-empowerment by directing and solidifying the characteristics of the her two main character In Senegal the traditional view of woman which values her entirely based on her son-bearing role is still present The first role of women is to stay at home and take care of the children The inequality starts at a very early age The rate of girls going to school is by far lower than that of boys Parents choices of investment in their children completely depend on their view of the latters worth as adults The relationship between Ramatoulaye Rama a Senegalese women and her friend Aissatou who left the familiarity of Senegal for life in the United States after a divorce from here husband is the defining relationship in the book Both women have taken on roles that are not
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