Women's Activism in South Africa provides the most comprehensive collection of women's experiences within civil society since the 1994 transition. This book captures South African women's stories of collective activism and social change at a crucial point for the future of democracy in the country, if not the continent. Pulling together the voices of activists and scholars, South Africa's path to democracy and the assurance of gender rights emerge as a complex journey of both successes and challenges.The collection elucidates a new form of pragmatic feminism, building upon the elasticity between the state and civil society. What the cases demonstrate is that while the state itself may not be a panacea, it still represents a key source of power and the primary locus of vital resources, including the rights of citizenship, access to basic needs, and the promise of protection from gender-based violence - all central to women's particular needs in South Africa.
Hannah E. Britton is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas, USA. Jennifer N. Fish is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women's Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University, USA. Sheila Meintjes is Head of the Political Studies Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.