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National Women's Memorial

Speech at the unveiling of the Memorial


"My Friends: - Throughout the world the woman's day approaches; her era dawns. Proudly I unveil this Monument to the brave South African women, who, sharing the danger that beset their land and dying for it, affirmed for all times and for all peoples the power of Woman to sacrifice life and more than life for the common weal. This is your South African Monument; But it is more; for "their story is not graven only on stone, over their native earth. We claim it as a WORLD-MONUMENT, of which all the World's Women should be proud; for your dead by their brave simplicity have spoken to Universal Womanhood, and henceforth they are "woven into the stuff' of every woman's life."

Emily Hobhouse

Full version of the speech typed speech by Emily


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Monument Unveiling
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