Frances Baard

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Organiser of the African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League and Trade Unionist.

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Beaconsfield, Kimberley, Northern Cape (then Cape Province), South Africa
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Mabopane, Gauteng, South Africa
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Act No. 44 of 1950 Sec. 9 (1)<br><em>Issued Period(s)</em> [28 April 1967 to 31/12/1967 30/9/1971] [30 June 1970]

Frances “MaBaard” Baard was born in 1901 in Kimberley, Northern Cape. She worked as a domestic servant and then as a teacher but became militant as a result of her experiences of oppression and exploitation in South Africa. As a budding activist she drew her influence from Raymond Mhlaba and Ray Alexander.

• My Spirit is not Banned: Frances Baard [online] Available at: [Accessed 24 July 2009]
• Who’s Who in South Africa: France Baard [online] Available at: [Accessed 24 July 2009]

Last updated : 07-Aug-2017

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011