The life the author describes among the Chewa people of Malawi is both patriarchal and even-handed.
Children have many responsibilities around the home, and they are strictly divided by sex. William describes it this way:
Farming chimanga is a family activity that requires the help of every man, woman, and child who is old enough to work. Young girls usually help a bit with planting, weeding, and harvesting, but mostly they assist their mothers with the many chores around the home, such as fetching water, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of little ones. In Malawi, a woman’s contribution is...
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