Episode 1: Feminism 101

What is Feminism and why do we need it in S.A.?

This episode takes a look at feminism and the feminist movement in South Africa. What has been achieved and what still needs to be done. This episode answers the question, “why do we all need feminism?”.


  • Table Guest: Gail Smith - Feminist Writer & Journalist
  • Elders Corner Guest: Heidi Grunebaum - Activist & Acting Director at the Centre for Humanities Research, UWC 
  • Allies Corner Guest: Mthetho Tshemese - Clinical Psychologist

Language Term

Feminism: Tumelo mo ditshwanelong le kgololesego ya bomme/basadi


  • Feminism is for everybody. - bell hooks
  • You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Your life belongs to you and you alone. - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Take up the battle. Take it up. It's yours. This is your life. This is your world. - Maya Angelou
  • I am a feminist because I am a woman living in a world where if I am not vigilant, I will be erased, exploited or dehumanised. – Siphokazi Mthathi
  • There is a rich tradition of feminism in Africa - it needs to be documented and publicised! – Hakima Abbas
  • Women have found their personal will to stand up and be counted by refusing to be victims and spectators in a world of inequality. – Mabel Ule
  • Women are the people who are going to relieve us from all this oppression and depression...It is the women who are on the street committees educating the people to stand up and protect each other” - Albertina Sisulu

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