Table of Contents

Introduction: Autonomy and engagement in the South African women's movement.
Contesting ideologies : feminism and nationalism.
The emergence of women as a political constituency, 1979-90.
The ANC in exile : challenging the role of women in national liberation.
The return of the ANC Women's League : autonomy abrogated.
From mothers of the nation to rights-bearing citizens : transition and its impact on the South African women's movement.
Political parties, quotas, and representation in the new democracy.
One woman, one desk, one typist : moving into the bureaucracy.
Autonomy, engagement and democratic consolidation.