This paper briefly looks at the life experiences by African-American women slaves. It explains that despite the terrible conditions under which they were forced to live, enslaved women found many ways to establish communities and establish strategies of resistance that enabled them to form their own identities and lead satisfying rewarding lives.

"On plantations, both men and women were given difficult work. In many cases, they did the same jobs. Although not all labor by women was traditionally "women's work," men typically did not perform tasks traditionally done by women. Women worked in the fields with the men, but males did most of the hard labor. While they had similar duties, the role played by women in society was different than the role played by men. "