Women in South Africa played a prominent role in the struggle for equal rights long before any formal women’s organizations came into being. As early as 1912, in what was probably the first mass passive resistance campaign in our country, Indian women encouraged Black and Indian miners in Newcastle to strike against starvation wages, and in 1913, Black and Coloured women in the Free State protested against having to carry identity passes, which White women were not required to do. Woman have always played a vital role in shaping South Africa, in this section we profile woman who have made a sterling contribution.

Charlotte Maxeke Click here for more on Maxeke Albertina Sisulu Click here for more on Sisulu
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

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