Women in History
Start the research process early so you can use interlibrary loan
You won't necessarily use the *first* sources you find. Be patient, dig a little, and look for the most appropriate, best quality resources for this project.
Read the articles, "Women: History and Historiography" and "Colonialism, Overthrow of: Women and the Nationalist Struggle" from The Encyclopedia of African History (Routledge, 2005)