African Egalitarian Marriages – An egalitarian marriage is one where the couple are both of the working class and undertake seemingly equal roles and responsibilities.
This is where there is financial dependence from individual partners.
In modern times it appears that there are more and more egalitarian marriages not just in the Western world but in Africa as well.
A research conducted by the Brookings Institute, says that more educated women are more likely to be married in the present century.
That never used to be the case, at least in most reserved African societies, the rural parts especially.
In the early part of the 20th century when education was introduced to Africans, history recorded that females were not privileged to be part of those obtaining the informal education.
With few powerful women who dared and motivated others through their societal impacts, generations after them embraced education for the women folk.
Even with the growing trend in educating women, most conservative societies still find the educated woman threatening.
Back to the origin, the African marriage was a cultural affair, a union bound by traditional traits that visibly characterized the woman as lower than the man. As such it is expected that they are not viewed on the same level.
In the present time the union still retains its cultural traits but then largely influenced by globalization.
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Piece by piece the world, as popularly said, has become a global village; united by technology and transcendent changes.
Just like technological advancements have changed the course of people’s lives in the world over, so has globalization re-shaped the typical African marital union.
Today, there are more African egalitarian marriages than ever before.
More than culture and religion, the economic reality has made it a necessity for more women to be educated and be part of the workforce.
Be that as it may, some Africans would rather stick to the status quo – having a non-working and even less educated wife. Call it ego, but it appears to be a matter of preference and enlightenment.