Feminist Theory Website

Feminism in South Africa

 South Africa

Individual Feminists on This Website:

Alleyn Diesel

Feminists on Other Websites:

Nadine Gordimer

Bessie Head

Olive Schreiner

Other Feminists:

Debby Bonnin

Catherine Burns

Lynn Chemaly

Anne McClintlock

Mamphela Ramphele

Internet Sites:

The University of Cape Town African Gender Institute's homepage contains a wealth of information and can be reached here. Or you can email them here. The postal address is: African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town, Privat Bag, Rondebosch, 7701 South Africa.

The South African Commission on Gender Equality's homepage can be accessed here. Or you can email them here. The postal address is: CGE, 10th Floor, Braamfontein Centre, Braamfontein, 2017 South Africa.

You can reach Women's Net, a networking support program for South African women here.

The Center for Gender Studies at the University of Natal can be reached here.

There is an excellent resource called "Women's Rights in South Africa -- A Guide to National Organisations with a Gender Focus," which is part of HURISA, located here. The HURISA (Human Rights Institute of South Africa) homepage is here. Or you can email them here. The postal address is: HURISA, PO Box 784678, Sandton, 2146, South Africa.

You can reach Agenda, a feminist journal in South Africa, here.

You can reach the SA WISE (South African Women in Science and Engineering) homepage here.

The Network Women's Program -- Open Society Foundation for South Africa can be contacted through Laurie Watson here, or write to them at this postal address: Open Society foundation for South Africa, Colinton House Norvich Oval, 1 Oakdale Road Newlands 7700, PO Box 23161, Claremont 7735, SOUTH AFRICA.


      This page contains General information, Literature, Politics, and Relgion in South Africa.


      General Information

      Hlatshwayo, Vuyisile and Gumisai Mutume, "Investors and Royal Activists: A New Women's Southern Africa," WIN: Women's International Net, Issue 12A (Aug. 1998). [You can read this article here.]

      McCord, Margaret. The Calling of Katie Makanya: A Memoir of South Africa. John Wiley and Sons, 1997.

      Moya, Lily Patience. Not Either an Experimental Doll: The Separate Worlds of Three South African Women. Indiana Univ. Press, 1988.

      Romero, Patricia W. Profiles in Diversity: Women in the New South Africa. Michigan State Univ. Press, 1998.


      Barash, Carol. An Olive Schreiner Reader: Writings on Women and South Africa. (out of print)

      Daymond, M.J., ed. South African Feminisms: Writing, Theory, and Criticism, 1990-1994. 1996.

      Gardner, Susan. Bessie Head: A Bibliography. National English Literary Museum, 1986.

      Gordimer, Nadine. The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics, and Places. Penguin USA, 1989.

      Ibrahim, Huma. Bessie Head: Subversive Identities in Exile. Univ. Press of Virginia, 1996.

      Mackenzie, Craig. Bessie Head: An Introduction. National English Literary Museum, 1986.

      Magona, Sindiwe. Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night. Interlink Pub. Group, 1998.

      Ola, Virginia Uzoma. The Life and Works of Bessie Head. Edwin Mellen Press, 1994.

      Perkins, Kathy A., ed. Black South African Women: An Anthology of Plays. Routledge, 1999.

      Raiskin, Judith. Snow on the Cane Fields: Women's Writing and Creole Subjectivity. 1995.

      Wagner, Kathrin. Reading Nadine Gordimer. Indiana Univ. Press, 1994.


      ANC (African National Congress). "Women's Struggles." [You can read this article here.]

      Beck, Ramsey. "Women's Rights in a New South Africa?" Sister (1993-94). [You can read this article here.]

      "Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women -- First South African Report, 1997". [You can read this article here.]

      Kaplan, Temma. Crazy for Democracy: Women in Grassroots Movements. Routledge, 1996.

      Ramphele, Mamphela. Across Boundaries: The Journey of a South African Women Leader. Feminist Press, 1997.


      Diesel, Alleyn. "The Empowering Image of the Divine Mother - A South African Hindu Woman Worshipping the Goddess." Journal for Contemporary Religion. Vol 13, No 1 (1998), pp 73-90.

      Diesel, Alleyn. "Hinduism in South Africa," (co-authored with Patrick Maxwell and Tillay Naidoo) in Living Faiths in South Africa. Ed. M. Prozesky & J. de Gruchy. David Philip, Claremont, 1995.

      Diesel, Alleyn. "The Mother's Daughters - Hindu Women Worshipping the Goddess." Women's Studies. Vol 8, No 2 (1996), pp 61-85 (University of the Transkei).

      Diesel, Alleyn. "The Ramakrishna Sarada Devi Ashram for Women in South Africa." Journal for Contemporary Religion. Vol 11, No 2 (1996), pp 169-184.

      Diesel, Alleyn. "Ritual and Drama in the worship of the Goddess Draupadi." Journal for the Study of Religion. Vol 7, No 1 (1994), pp 65-94.

      Diesel, Alleyn. "Womanspirit - An alternative spirituality for women." Agenda. No 19 (1993), pp 71-75.


      "City Lovers / Country Lovers: The Gordimer Stories." Dir. by Nadine Gordimer, 1982. [You can read about this film here.]

      "Ellen Kuzwayo; Call Me Woman." Writers in Conversation Series. [You can read about this film here.]

      "Maids and Madams: Apartheid Begins in the Home." Dir. by Mira Hamermesh, 1986. [You can read about this film here.]

      "Mama Awethu!" 1993. [You can read about this film here.]

      "Place of Weeping." 1986. [You can read about this film here.]

      "You Have Struck a Rock!" Dir. by Deborah May, 1981. [You can read about this film here.]

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