On that day in 1956, the protestors sang a struggle song that included the famous line: “Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock.”
Every time I hear or even think about that sentence, the hairs on my arms stand up.
I didn’t think much about celebrating womanhood before I moved to South Africa. Women’s Day isn’t really a thing in America. We have Mother’s Day but that’s really not the same.
The truth is, before moving to South Africa it never really occurred to me to be proud of being a woman. But now I am. I’m grateful to this country for that.
Also Women’s Day in South Africa is fun. Everyone has the day off, winter is coming to an end, all the restaurants and bars and coffee shops have specials for women. It’s a day for celebrating bad-ass women and not taking life too seriously.
Anyway, I woke up today thinking about all of this, and about all the incredible South African women I’ve met and photographed and blogged about over the years. In celebration of Women’s Day, I’m featuring a few of them in this post.
12 Inspiring South African Women
1) Mama Anna Skhosana
2) Florence Ngobeni Allen
3) Palesa “Deejay” Manaleng
4) Vicki Bain
5) Jay Patel
6) Michelle de Villiers
7) Lungi Ngqandulo
8) Katharine Love
9) Gail Scott Wilson
10) Gertie Dejager
11) Flo Bird
12) Meruschka Govender
Okay now I’m crying so here’s where I finish. Thanks to all of South Africa’s women for being my rocks.