Compared to the active Luguru women whom we wi l l meet in this chapter, the administrator's wife, passively seated, seems an icon of European sexism. H e r status as "wife", appendix of "man", was less independent than that of her Luguru "sisters" (Sacks 1982: 110). A s sisters and mothers of the lineage, Luguru women could count on support independent of their marital relationships. Moreover, they could tap important sources of power in relations of production and reproduction, and wielded considerable authority in lineage affairs.