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A World of Their Own
A History of South African Women's Education

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Price: R 285
Publication Date: 2013-01-28
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978 1 86914 242 1
Width: 150
Height: 230
Pages: 328


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Review by Cynthia Kros
University of the Witwatersrand
Historia 59, 1, May 2014

Making the world their own again in a new era?

There must be a reason that there are so many powerful women in politics in South Africa, although recently – with the notable exception of the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela – some of them have made a negative impression on the media and the public. Even then their prominence and a confidence that sometimes seems out of proportion to their real achievements are in need of an explanation, especially in a country where women’s rights have not advanced much beyond rhetoric.

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A World of Their Own is the first book to explore the meanings of black women’s education in the making of modern South Africa. Meghan Healy-Clancy examines this theme through the history of Inanda Seminary: the oldest extant high school for southern African girls, operating outside of Durban since 1869.

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