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Secret, subtle, surreptitious resistance was a weapon for enslaved women

For centuries, enslaved women have artfully, strategically, and sometimes successfully staged resistance to their oppression. They operated in secretive ways, manipulating a system so engulfed in itself that it failed to recognize worthy opponents. Those women used their intellect, as opposed to staging grand violent rebellions, to create subtle, surreptitious strategies against evil in a hostile and unforgiving world. A few examples here serve as representations of the many in the diaspora.