Filomina C. Steady is Professor Emerita of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. She received her doctorate in Social Anthropology from Oxford University. She has taught at several universities including Yale, Wesleyan, Boston, Sierra Leone and California State University in Sacramento, where she was also chair of the Women’s Studies Program. She is the recipient of several awards, including The Otelia Cromwell Distinguished Alumna of Smith College. She has authored and edited several books including the award-winning The Black Woman Cross-Culturally; Women and Collective Action in Africa; Environmental Justice in the New Millennium and Women and Leadership in West Africa.
Her research and teaching interests include medical anthropology; Women and Development, African Feminism, African Women’s Leadership and a critical analysis of gender theory and gender systems. She is currently working on a research project on maternal mortality in three countries. Dr. Steady was a Deputy Director in the Division of the Advancement of Women at the United Nations. She has served as Special Advisor on several advisory boards on gender equality and the advancement of women. She is a founding member of the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD). She is married to Dr. Henry Maduka Steady and is the mother of three children, Chinaka, Maduka and Azania.