Africa Graceless: Women warned off politics in Zimbabwe

Dislike for Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, was a big factor in the Zimbabwean president's downfall. But her treatment at the hands of press and public has revealed deep misogyny in national politics.

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During his 37 years as Zimbabwe’s prime minister and president, Robert Mugabe ordered the massacre of thousands of political opponents, ran the country’s economy into the ground, and instilled a culture of political violence and paranoia that will likely long outlast him.