Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)


College of Arts and Sciences


International Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Jeffery Paller


Based on the recent mass protests in Ethiopia, there is a strong indication that the Oromo people of Ethiopia, who are at the forefront of these protests, have been placed in a position of marginal importance, influence and power in their society. Due to the power and agency wielded by the government, some ethnic groups in Ethiopia, including the Oromo ethnic group, claim to be underrepresented on a political, economic, and social scale, which has led to conflict.

The nuances of ethnic based conflict, such as the situation in Ethiopia, have been tackled through several disciplines and examined through different lenses, however, there is one voice that seems to be lacking in this conversation-- the feminine voice. The findings of this paper seek to uncover that voice, and illuminate the narratives of a subculture, that have thus far been inaudible. In order to comprehensively understand the ethnic conflict in Ethiopia, this paper poses the following question; what do we miss about ethnic marginalization, if we do not consider the female perspective?