The ANC Women’s League
Sex, Gender and Politics

By Shireen Hassim

First formed in the early twentieth century, the ANC Women’s League has grown into a leading organization in the women’s movement in South Africa. The league has been at the forefront of the nation’s century-long transition from an authoritarian state to a democracy that espouses gender equality as a core constitutional value. It has, indeed, always regarded itself as the women’s movement, frequently asserting its primacy as a vanguard organization and as the only legitimate voice of the women of South Africa. But, as this deeply insightful book shows, the history of the league is a more complicated affair — it was neither the only women’s organization in the political field nor an easy ally for South African feminism.


Shireen Hassim is a professor in political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and a widely published author in the field of gender politics in South Africa.

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African History · Women’s Studies · Politics · Women’s History · African Studies · South Africa · Africa

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978-0-8214-2156-7
Retail price: $14.95, T.
Release date: Jan. 2015
160 pages · 4¼ × 7 in.
Rights:World except SADC