chapter  9
Recruiting for the nation: Why did three million join the Massaie Rurali?
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In purely numerical terms the Massaie Rurali section was a huge success (see Table 9.1). Membership grew steadily, if unevenly, to an impressive three million members at its height, making it easily the largest women's section in the Party (Table 9.2).1 This chapter explores how this was achieved, focusing in particular on the various recruitment methods deployed and on women's motivations for joining. It will also consider some explanations for the great regional diversity of membership levels.