Representations of Women as Gender Warriors in Walker’s The Colour Purple: a Feminist delineation

  • Johannes Mogoboya, Lethabo Masha


This paper seeks to depict Afro-American women as gender parity warriors in Walker’s The Colour Purple (1982). The backdrop of this assertion is that women in general and Afro-American women in particular have suffered from gender adversities since time immemorial. These gender intolerances are usually wreaked on them by their patriarchal male counterparts, with culture used as a veneer. This paper, therefore, delineates women as the vanguard of gender deracination in Walker’s The Colour Purple. It is a qualitative study which is underpinned by Feminism.  Purposive sampling was employed to select The Colour Purple from other novels by the same author because of its appositeness to the study. Thematic textual analysis was used to examine representations of women as gender depolarisation proponents in the novel. This paper propounds that for the world to genuinely mordenise, gender disparities should be debunked through women empowerment. This is because women’s rights are human rights as well.