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Thinking about traditional Africa helps us to discern the origins and development of our own society and culture The progression of newly liberated African countries is but a reflection of the world economy whether we choose to believe in fair trade or systems of thieves and robbers Understanding the situations current African generations are living in allows us to determine the quality of our own lives and the substance that makes us who were are as Americans today We know very well that as time changes so must progressive processes and in return so must peoples of certain societies Just as mid-twenty-first century America called for women to leave the household and situate themselves in the workplace so rings the call of modern African liberals This freedom call is not one to burn bras and march on capital cities Instead it is a movement away from traditional thinking and social hierarchies It is a call to men and women alike to stand up for their countries to become the independent leaders which the African and European elites fear the most While this freedom fight is just within reach the African people must first deal with converting themselves to modernized thinking In his novel Devil on the Cross Ngg Wa ThiongO uses Wariinga to awaken African women to the fact that they must leave behind their traditional gender roles to step out of the slum of manual labor and degrading servitude otherwise they will be flushed out as refuse by the African elite Traditionally speaking a womans place is in the kitchen This obsolete phrase brings wretched offense to the ears of modern American women Why Because for the past century American women have fought to earn the right to vote make their way into the exclusively male workplace and develop an independence that allows them to live work and even raise a family on their own This new independent woman is the epitome of
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