“Working and Poor Women Unite Against Oppression!”: WSF leaflet ca. 1996

The leaflet below was issued by the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF) in thousands of copies at a Women’s Day march in Johannesburg, probably in 1996. As was typical of WSF, it takes a no-class-struggle-without-women’s-freedom and no-women’s-freedom-without-class-struggle line.

wsf - working and poor women

About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m 10th generation South African, born and bred. I have long been involved in union education, and have a background in social movement and left-wing activism, the Workers’ Library and Museum, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). I’ve presented or published 450+ papers, including conferences and workshops, co-edited 4 journal specials (on global and African labour history, and the left), and produced five books. Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). I won the 2008 international ‘Labor History’ PhD thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) award for best African dissertation, for my thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have also done research in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.