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Imbokodo: Women Who Shape Us is a groundbreaking series of books which introduces you to the powerful stories of South African women who have all made their mark and cleared a path for women and girls.


These books recognise, acknowledge and honour our heroines and elders from the past and the present. South African women are silent no more on the roles that we have played in advancing our lives as artists, storytellers, writers, politicians and educationists.


The title ‘Imbokodo’ was been chosen as it is a Zulu word that means “rock” and is often used in the saying ‘Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo!’, which means “You Strike a Women, You Strike a Rock!”


In 10 Extraordinary Leaders, Activists & Pioneers you will read about women who fought against colonialism and oppression. Here are the stories of women heroes through history, whose stories are connected because of a shared passion for equality and justice.


Nomguqo Paulina

Dlamini Charlotte Makgomo Mannya-Maxeke

Mina Tembeka Soga

Mabel Cetu

Pumla Ngozwana Kisosonkole

Lauretta Ngcobo

Brigalia Ntombemhlophe Bam

Nomzamo Winifred

Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela

Masalanabo Modjadji VII (The Rain Queen)


These books were made possible with the support of Biblionef and funding from the National Arts Council.

Imbokodo: Women Who Shape Us: 10 Extraordinary Leaders, Activists & Pioneers