Biographies

Jainub Jane Gool – Tabata was born in Cape Town on 19 March 1902 to Yusuf and Wageda Gool, the sixth of nine children. Her father, an immigr... read more
Phila Portia Ndwandwe (also known as Zandile or Zandi) was part of the Natal Machinery of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) under the leadership of Muz... read more
Florence Matomela was born in 1910 and worked as a teacher while raising five children. In 1950, angered by new influx control regulations i... read more
Winnie  Motlalepule Kgware was born in Thaba Nchu in the Free State on the 27th of October in 1917.  A teacher by profession, and... read more
Helen Beatrice May Fennell was born in Easebourne, United Kingdom, in 1905. She grew up in London, with her parents and brother, Frank. She... read more
Dorothy Masuka was born and raised in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), in 1935. Her father was originally from Zambia, and her mother, Liz... read more
Poomoney Moodley was born in Mooi River, Natal on 28 June 1926 to Ramsamy  Dharamalingam Moodley and Kanniamah Moodley; who themselves... read more
In 1899 Emily Hobhouse was appointed secretary of the South African Conciliation Committee, which was a group that opposed the British gover... read more
Helen Zille attended school at St. Mary's Waverley in Johannesburg. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Witwat... read more
Marlise Joubert was born in Elim (near Levubu), Northern Transvaal (now Limpopo Province). She grew up in Warmbaths (Bela Bela) and has... read more
Dora Taylor was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1899. At the age of six her mother died of tuberculosis. She was rejected by her father who re... read more
The participation of women passive resisters was a key element of the Satyagraha Campaign of 1913 - 1914. Angered by the Supreme Court judge... read more

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