Working Women

cww_webanna2_530_352_90Working Women is a book of photographs and text published by The Sached Trust/Ravan Press in 1985 and Pluto Press in 1986.

Using interviews and photographs, Working Women documents the daily lives of ordinary working class women in South Africa. From the low-paid forestry worker to the big city sex worker, women tell their tales of survival, triumph and despair. Despite the complex web of legislation and gender discrimination, in the early 1980s black women were beginning to exert their economic muscle to form a growing and important sector of the workforce. The book was written for the nascent trade union women's movement, but was also used extensively by literacy workers and community organisers.

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Pluto Press edition
Pluto Press edition

Pluto Press edition
Ravan Press edition
Anna, a forestry worker outside the house she is building. Driefontein, 1983.
Anna on her way to work at 5.45am, Driefontein, 1983.
Machine operator, textile factory, Johannesburg,1981
Leather worker using her finger to glue strips of material, Johannesburg, 1984.
Knitwear factory, Johannesburg, 1981
Laundry press known as the 'abortion machine', 1981
Checking for faults, knitwear factory, Johannesburg, 1981
Frisking at the end of the day. Knitwear factory, 1981.
Anna Moloi who cleans 19 passages every day. Braamfontein, 1980.
Elizabeth Tschayinca, Domestic worker, Johannesburg, 1984.
Elsie Mbatha, Domestic worker, Johannesburg, 1984.
Mam' Lydia Kompe, trade unionist, Crown Mines 198e.
Ma Dlomo Lugogo and her grandchild next to the vegetable garden, Transkei, 1984.
Ma Dlomo Lugogo who was struck by lightning, Transkei, 1984.
Night cleaner polishing the boardroom table, Johannesburg, 1984.

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