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History Lessons for Gender Equality from the Zambian Copperbelt, 1900-1990. / Evans, Alice.

In: GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2015, p. 344-362.

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Evans, A 2015, 'History Lessons for Gender Equality from the Zambian Copperbelt, 1900-1990', GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 344-362. https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2013.855706

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Evans, A. (2015). History Lessons for Gender Equality from the Zambian Copperbelt, 1900-1990. GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE, 22(3), 344-362. https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2013.855706

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Evans A. History Lessons for Gender Equality from the Zambian Copperbelt, 1900-1990. GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE. 2015;22(3):344-362. https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2013.855706

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Evans, Alice. / History Lessons for Gender Equality from the Zambian Copperbelt, 1900-1990. In: GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE. 2015 ; Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 344-362.

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