SEXISM IN IGBO TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY:
A CHALLENGE TO IGBO WOMEN
UGOCHI HAPPINESS IKONNE
Ag Dean School of Education and Ancillary Studies
National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN)
P.M.B 7078 Aba, Abia State
Sexism, a belief that women are weaker, less intelligent and less important than men (Longman 2000), has become entrenched in the Igbo traditional and contemporary societies. Everywhere in the world, the Igbo woman is industrious, enterprising and supportive in nature. Despite these overtures ascribed to her, she is still assigned a pitiable status in the society. The belief about the status of women in the society has left the Igbo woman feeling cheap, timid, intimidated undeveloped and incapable of living her life to the fullest in the contemporary society. This paper showcases the practices of sexism at different domains and levels, discusses its challenges for women and possible solutions as the way forward.