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Gail Smith

Idolised, immobilised and vilified

Winnie Mandela threw in her lot with patriarchy but, when measured against its benchmarks of a ‘good woman’, she was found to be flawed.

A betrayal of our valiant history

Brave women have been battling social injustice for decades, yet we reduce their efforts to a single event.

South African women: Young heroine with courage forged in fire

Twenty-two-year-old Mitta Lebaka has dedicated her life to helping child burn survivors like herself.

Outlaw culture

Lesbianism in South Africa is a bit like a crazy and eccentric old auntie we tolerate because of the equality clause, and whom we keep at a safe distance, in case people think queerness runs in the family. The broader political issues about what it means to be a woman who loves women -- in theory and in sexual practice -- never seem to get a look in because of the feverish curiosity around what lesbians do in bed.

Fetching Saartjie

Gail Smith joined the historic mission to return the remains of Saartjie Baartman to South Africa.

To don the doek, or not?

Why are women always defined by what's on their heads, as opposed to what's inside? Gail Smith got beyond the famous doek and spoke to Erykah Badu about change, artistic control and Tyrone.

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