fulani woman

Africa | Especially large kwottenai kanye are worn by Fulani women in the towns of Mopti and Jenné. They are received by a woman either on the death of her mother or as a gift from her husband who often has to sell cattle to be able to afford them. the top of each earing is bound with red wool or silk to protect the ear, and the blades are incised with patterns, some of flowers, others of cattle. They are usually made of 14-carat gold and today the largest are valued at between £1500 and £2000 according to the weight of gold, the craftmanship being of little monetary value. They are made by the local smiths: a bar of gold is chiselled and after heating in the fire is hammered into thin blades and twisted into shape. Small gold rings and earrings are sewn to the hair and used to decorate the ears.  | ©Angela Fisher, Africa Adorned, 1984

Africa | This young Fulani woman is making a deliberate show of her wealth at the weekly market in Jenné. Her nose ring, earings and neck pendant are gold, her bracelets silver and her necklace made of European glass beads. Many wealthy women of Jenné are financially independent of men; they inherit gold jewellery, and every woman has her own herd. Mali | ©Angela Fisher, Africa Adorned, 1984

'I cannot vote, but I can be voted for’ — The women who ran for office before Hillary, a history:

Victoria Woodhull, 1872 

Photo: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive

She ran under the banner of the Equal Rights party nearly half a century before women even had the right to vote. She was also the first woman to testify before Congress, arguing that the 14th and 15th amendments to the constitution – the ones granting equal protection under the law and giving black men the vote – also enfranchised women.

Shirley Chisholm, 1972

Photo: Don Hogan Charles/Getty Images

She was the first African American to run for the presidential nomination. She earned 152 delegates and used them at the Democratic convention as bargaining chips to have the rights of women, African Americans and the poor included in the party platform.

Lenora Fulani, 1988 and 1992

Photo: Eric Risberg/AP

She was the presidential nominee for the New Alliance party, which no longer exists. During her 1988 run, Fulani was the first woman to appear on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. At the time, she received 225,000 votes.

On June 7th, history was made again. 

Portrait of a Fulani woman with traditional golden earrings and headdress, region near the Mali, Senegal border, Mihael Renaudeau