PRESS RELEASE: A celebration of ordinary women doing extraordinary things

A celebration of ordinary women doing extraordinary things

To commemorate women’s month, the Mail & Guardian has launched its annual Book of
South African Women.

After seven years as a little black book of some of South Africa’s leading women, the Mail &
Guardian has this year focused on women who are changing South Africa one community,
one workplace, one family at a time. These women have the initiative, drive and passion to
make the country to a better place, laying the foundation for a better South Africa.

“They weren’t hard to find. They were right there, in our offices, our communities, our cities,
our rural areas. They were running crèches, big and small businesses and health centres. They
were creating art, performing theatre, educating themselves and uplifting those around them,”
says Tanya Pampalone, executive editor of the Book of South African Women.

Drawing on nominations from the public and an all-female editorial team, we compiled a list
of some of the most inspiring women in our country: raw, unplugged and beautiful in all their

Award winning portrait photographer Sally Shorkend travelled around the country to meet
and photograph the women featured in the book. Her images capture the spirit and drive of
these harbingers of change.

The book will be launched with an event held on August 7 at the Middleton, Sandton with
high tea and a gallery display of some of the portraits in the book.

To view the women visit Twitter #mgwomen

For more information contact:
Zeenat Mahomed
Project Manager
Mail & Guardian
Tel: 011 250 7300
195 Jan Smuts Avenue

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