Cross-cultural study has suggested that the presence of an extradomestic market for women's produce is one precondition for the development of female solidarity groups, and that such groups seem to be antecedent to female public power and/or authority. If status is defined in these terms, then the Zapotec women of Asuncion, a village of the inland Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, have not attained the preconditions of public power and/or authority. The complementary nature of husband and wife in the economic sphere assures women of some domestic power, however, and women do not seem to perceive their status as low. Descriptive studies of female cooperation have relevance to the broader issue in anthropology of how best to account for the development of intrasex solidarity, male or female.
Brueske, J. M.
"Observation on Female Cooperation Among the Zapotecs, an Indigenous People of Southern Mexico,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 29
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol29/iss1/10