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Title:The market feeds me: women and economic independence in Harper City, Liberia
Author:Moran, M.H.ISNI
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:market women
Abstract:In this paper, the author argues that southeastern Liberian market women in Harper City are fulfilling their traditional responsibilities to provide for their households, just as women farmers feed their families every day. She wishes to challenge the view that women's marketing is 'supplementary' to men's wages in daily household maintenance. Evidence is drawn from structured interviews conducted with sixty Kru and Grebo-speaking full-time market women in June and July of 1983. Of the roughly 200 full-time female traders in the Harper market, sixty represent almost all who belong to indigenous southeastern groups. Attention is paid to the outlay of the Harper General Market, indigenous market women in the Harper Market (socioeconomic profile of the women; commodity specialization, profit margins and economic stratification; income allocation; time allocation, household duties and external help), and the status and occupational image of market women. Bibliogr., note.