Bessie Head was a writer of novels, short stories and social history, and towards the end of her life was celebrated internationally. Dora Taylor, a white woman who was an early member of the Non-Euro- pean Unity Movement (NEUM), was also a writer, but her longer work, was not published until after her death and she is still not a widely known public figure. Lilian Ngoyi was an ANC leader and one of the organisers of the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings in Pretoria and she was repeatedly arrested for her involvement in trade union and political matters.
Margareth Daymond is professor emeritus in the English Depart- ment at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a fellow of the uni- versity. Most of her research has been on women’s writing. She has edited fiction by writers such as Bessie Head, Lauretta Ngcobo, Frances Colenso and Goretti Kyomuhendo as well as major anthologies of women’s writing (Women Writing Africa: The South- ern Region, New York 2003) and feminist criticism (South African Feminisms, New York 1996).