By Olga Kenyon
This inspiring and interesting e-book is the 1st actually accomplished examine of women's letters ever released. Organised by way of subject material, and masking quite a lot of subject matters from politics, paintings and struggle, to adolescence, love and sexual ardour. '800 Years of Women's Letter' finds the intensity, breadth and variety of women's lives in the course of the a long time. right here Holoise writes to Abelad of her timeless devotion, Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woofl correspond approximately existence and writing, and Queen Victoria complains to Robert Peel in regards to the overlook of Buckingham Palace. Many extra girls write letters that show the compassion, humour, love and tenacity with which they confront the customarily tricky situations of way of life. this can be an exciting perception, and an extraordinary chance to learn the true phrases of genuine girls, of their personal intimate language. "No literary shape is extra revealing, extra spontaneous of extra person than a letter." P D James
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Tbis wbole break up of family life causes also a lot of prostitution in the country - people when they think about prostitution they think about 36 Women on the Frontline Tal Street, but that's not the only prostitution. We have prostitution when females follow workers to migrant areas, where all those men go to work and there's only single accommodation for them. The women put up a shanty town close by and become prostitutes for those men. They come from all over the country, and it's causing a lot of problems for the married women because these young women - they are usually young - they are collecting all the money, the wages of the men.
Women, however, were by no means passive and often allied themselves with male workers in the struggle for better wages and conditions. They joined in demonstrations and meetings, cooked for striking miners, cheered their leaders, and often acted to strengthen the resolve of wavering husbands. After the African Mineworker's Union was established in 1949, women regularly attended its meetings. 3 In an attempt to keep them dependent on men, women were barred from wage labour and discouraged from entering any economic activity of their own.
It's not part of the culture, it's a new value that has emerged with migrant labour. * * * African women's needs were not on the colonist's agenda: what little housing was built for black workers was for single men, and when women did come to town they were often barred from entering waged employmeut These policies had the advantage of being cheap on building costs, and of establishing the idea that the migrant labour force required neither urban amenities nor social welfare - such things could remain the responsibility of the extended family back in the rural areas.
800 Years of Women's Letters by Olga Kenyon