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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August 9th



Born this day in 1757, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton who was, "the wife of Alexander Hamilton: his defender and promoter of her husband's reputation."

On this day in 1956, the women in South Africa protested the "pass laws". These laws demanded that people over the age of 16 carry "passes". It was a way to control the movement of people, and keeping them out of restricted areas. This day women of all races took the streets in protest and to present a petition signed by over 200,000 to the Secretary.
During the March women sang the freedom song:
Wathint' abafazi, Strijdom!
wathint' abafazi,
wathint' imbokodo,
uza kufa!

[When] you strike the women,
you strike a rock,
you will be crushed [you will die]!

"abafazi, wathint' imbokodo" stands for Women's courage and strength in South Africa.

The 1950s saw passive resistance against Apartheid in South Africa. And the protests of both men and women continued which lead to the tragic Sharpeville Massacre.
Pass Laws were finally repealed in 1986.