Type of entity
Authorized form of name
African National Congress Women's League
Parallel form(s) of name
Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules
Other form(s) of name
- Bantu Women's League
- ANC Women's League
Identifiers for corporate bodies
Dates of existence
The African National Congress (ANC) when it was formed in 1912, did not accept women as members. There was no broad women's organisation during the first decades of the ANC's existence. In 1931 the Bantu Women's League (BWL) was recognised as the women's branch of the ANC. Its first president was Charlotte Maxeke. The BWL was mostly involved in passive resistance and concentrated on the fight against passes for black women. In 1943 women were formally admitted as ANC members. The ANC Women's League was formed in 1948.
Functions, occupations and activities
Mandates/sources of authority
Access points area
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Authority record identifier
Rules and/or conventions used
ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Records for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).
Level of detail
Dates of creation, revision and deletion
Created by Carole McCallum, August 2017.
African National Congress Women's League. 2017. [ONLINE] Available at: http://womensleague.anc.org.za/show.php?id=3038. [Accessed 14 August 2017].