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Oppression and Resistance: The Struggle of Women in Southern Africa
Oppression and Resistance: The Struggle of Women in Southern Africa
By Richard E. Lapchick and Stephanie Urdang
Greenwood Press, 1982, 197 pp

Based on materials prepared for the 1980 Copenhagen Conference on the United Nations Decade for Women, this book gives a telling account of the depredations of apartheid on the domestic existence of South African blacks. In their focus on women and children, often living apart from men and from the modern economy, the authors movingly depict the extreme economic and emotional insecurities that underlie black social life in South Africa. The courage and drive of black and white women in South Africa's labor and women's movements in the 1950s and early 1960s are impressive and dismaying-20 years later a new growth is only now discernible in the ashes of the old movements.