Often, when the story of Ghana’s independence is told the role of women in the struggle for independence is overlooked or understated even though women contributed to the struggle in diverse ways.
Most historians who write on Ghana’s fight for independence tend to focus generally on the contributions of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and the big six. Thus, leaving out all the women who contributed to the struggle.
It is important to note that these women supported Dr Nkrumah and the other founding fathers in their bid to liberate Ghana from the colonial master’s grip
They supported the movement with their money and time to continuously push the agenda for liberation from Britain. As members of the CPP, for instance, some of them, notably Akua Asabea, stood shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts like Kofi Baako and Sacki Scheck as they toured the country and addressed large rallies to spread the message of ‘Independence Now’ for Ghana
Hanna Cudjoe on the other hand heroically assembled people to march for independence and also went a step ahead in establishing daycare centres and day nurseries.
Ama Nkrumah, Letitia Quaye and Sophia Doku were appointed as propaganda secretaries with the responsibility of organising the CPP Women’s League.
Dr Mrs Letitia Obeng, an educationist, and other women who were nurses, broadcasters, judges and lawyers, also became part and parcel of the independence struggle.
These women rallied their communities, fellow women and family members to support the movement at all cost. They believed in the importance and sacrifices that came with fighting for freedom from the colonial masters.
Thus, on Ghana’s 63rd birthday, we recognize these few women and their efforts towards the struggle for independence.
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