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The transnational factor: The beginnings of South Africa’s women’s movement

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Title The transnational factor: The beginnings of South Africa’s women’s movement
Creator Fernandes, Monica G.
Subject — Transnationalism; Women’s Movement; Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU); Women’s Enfranchisement League (WEL); Women’s Enfranchisement Association of the Union (WEAU); Olive Schreiner; Julia Solly; Enfranchisement
Description The South African women’s movement had its origins in the Cape, but it also had a strong transnational relationship with countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. The earliest formally created women’s organisation in the country, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), established in 1889, focused on forging a pure society that was liberated from the so-called constraints and perils of liquor. By 1892, the WCTU had formed a franchise department in response to the absence of female enfranchisement in the Cape, therefore promoting women’s national and international suffrage. The WCTU encouraged the establishment of other women’s organisations such as the Women’s Enfranchisement League (WEL) in 1907, which was solely dedicated to the promotion and creation of women’s suffrage. This article aims to understand the international links of the WCTU and WEL as the first two women’s organisations in the Cape Colony. It does so through the framework of transnationalism and also considers the transnational influence on further developments in South Africa’s women’s movement during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2015-11-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/nc.v73i0.172
Source New Contree; Vol 73 (2015); 18 2959-510X 0379-9867
Language eng
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