Tag Archives: 1956 Women’s March

Ma Sisulu and the Marchers

Albertina Sisulu, march to the Union Buildings, August 1956

This year marks the centenary of the birth of both Nelson Mandela and Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu, referred to affectionately as Ma Sisulu. Albertina Sisulu’s life was intricately linked to that of Mandela’s. Not only were they born in the same year, but they shared family connections, and the lives of their partners mirrored each other over the […]

Strike a Woman, Strike a Rock

Example of a pass book

Sixty years ago an estimated twenty thousand women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the so-called ‘pass laws’. With women coming in their numbers from all over the country, the 9th August 1956 proved to be a historic day, and one that changed the course of history. The Natives (Abolition of Passes […]