Biographies

Joyce Sikhakhane-Rankin (Nomafa) was born at the Bridgeman Memorial Maternity Hospital in Johannesburg.  Her parents lived in Orlando W... read more
Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs, Transvaal (now Gauteng), an East Rand mining town outside Johannesburg in 1923. Her father, Isidore Gor... read more
Miriam Tlali was born in Doornfontein in Johannesburg, Transvaal (Gauteng). She grew up in Sophiatown. Miriam wanted to study literature at... read more
Shulamith Muller (nee Movshowitz) was born in Pretoria in December 1922. She studied law at the University of Pretoria, and was admitted as... read more
Little is available in the public to construct a thorough biography of Evelyn Ntoko Mase before and after her relationship with Nelson Mande... read more
Faith Dikeledi Pansy Tlakula grew up in the township of Everton in the Vaal area. She obtained her undergraduate degree in law at the Turflo... 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
Vera Ponnen (nee Vera Gwendoline Alberts) was born in 1915 in England. She came to South Africa in 1938 as a governess. The next year,... read more
 Ilse Naude was born in 1913 and grew up on the Moravian mission in Genadendal near Caledon.  After completing secondary education... read more
Fawcett was part of the Ladies’ Committee that was sent over from Britain during the Anglo Boer War in order to inspect the condit... read more
Early Years Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela was born, the fifth of nine children, in the village of Mbongweni, Bizana, in the Transkei o... 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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