Leadership in Public Arenas

Political authority and decision-making power is invested in the male age grade of "elders." While they are in the manyatta, the morans appoint their leaders, and these age-set leaders (pl. ilaiguenak, olaiguenani) become important political spokesmen when the morans are promoted to elders. Considering the critical importance of the age-set system in Maasai politics, women are excluded from important public political arenas and leadership roles. Even in the modern political setting, Maasai women seldom participate. However, as women grow older, their decision-making power, at least in household matters, is enhanced.

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