South African Women’s Day 1978

South African Women

This poster commemorates the twenty-second anniversary of the August 9, 1956 women's protest against the pass system led by 20,000 ANC Women's League in Pretoria. The vernacular slogan of this multi-ethnic, multi-racial gathering was "Wanti'nt'abafazi Wathi'nti'mbokodo...uzakufa" meaning, "You have touched the women, you have dislodged a bolder, you will be crushed" or, as it is also often translated, "When you strike the women, you have struck a rock!" This major event has been celebrated annually thereafter, with rallies, symposia and meetings of every kind throughout South Africa. The tradition remains strong today.