Sex and gender were not interchangeable codes. If it can be said that slave women were never genderized with exception of cooks, house keepers and nannies, it is feasible to postulate that slave women were never genderized the way free women were.” Women slaves worked in two distinct areas that benefitted the slave holders directly, these being domestic work and field work. Although female work in productivity is somewhat unremarkable, it is notable that women fulfilled the roles in the field because young male slaves became increasingly unavailable.
The women’s bravery and stamina in a world that tried to degrade them as human beings, as Africans, and as women, is an extraordinarily inspiring example for all times and all places. In a most evil terror system, in a racist, sexist and patriarchal environment, women found ways: they taught, they protected, they nurtured, they challenged, and they fought.