Higher Education greater Dowry

The twenty-two year old female informant born in the Gabonese Republic, a state located on the west coast of Central Africa, revealed that in her hometown the value of a woman is generally based on education. For this reason only my informant’s parents agreed to send her to the states for school. When my informant returns home she will go for a high price. With older siblings my informant has witnessed the process of exchange many times and revealed a moderate dowry could go for $200,000. Education as in most places is associated with class and status. For woman not already born into an aristocratic family, education serves as an opportunity for not just value but to attract wealthier men.