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A Brief Overview of the Dynamic Herstory of South Africa 1912–1993

Women, Activism and Apartheid South Africa: Using Play Texts to Document the Herstory of South Africa

ISBN: 978-1-78754-526-7, eISBN: 978-1-78754-525-0

Publication date: 15 November 2018

Abstract

Dates are included which have relevance to the herstory of South African Women; for example, 1912 was the year of the formation of the African National Congress (ANC); in 1913 Charlotte Maxeke led a march against pass laws for African women; the Native Land Act of 1913 stated that natives were no longer able to buy, sell or lease outside the stipulated reserves; the Influx Control and The Natives Urban Act of 1923 and amendments to the Act in 1937 had devastating consequences for African women as it severely restricted their movements from rural to urban areas. The year 1930 is important because this was when white South African women acquired the vote which gave political activists such as Helen Joseph and Helen Suzman a political voice. In 1948 the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) was formed. Political events from the 1970s through to 1993, demonstrate how the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), the African National Congress (ANC), other anti-apartheid organisations and the apartheid government realised the effectiveness of theatre as a political weapon

Citation

Orton, B. (2018), "A Brief Overview of the Dynamic Herstory of South Africa 1912–1993", Women, Activism and Apartheid South Africa: Using Play Texts to Document the Herstory of South Africa, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 15-45. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78754-525-020181002

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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