In a polygamous home, ” cowives” are ranked in seniority by reference to their marriage order to the common husband . Boys have higher status than girls just as men have higher status than women. In respect to the female member of a society and family, social status is determined by ones generation, age, marriage order, ethnicity, descent, fertility, marital career, position, wealth, etc.
A hausa man heading a polygamous family may or may not live in a room separate from those of his wives whole he nevertheless sleeps with in turn. Such a man and his wives and also children may constitute a household in which women while in seclusion and when not cooking, engage in some economic activities such as weaving, spinning, preparing market commodities e.g food, groundnut cakes for sale by their younger children.