Game Changers: 10 Historic Political Protests Worldwide
1956 March of Women (South Africa)
On Aug. 9, 1956, more than 50,000 women marched in Pretoria, South Africa, to dispute proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950 which limited Black South Africans’ right of movement. After leaving several petitions comprised of over 100,000 signatures at the prime minister’s office door, the women waited silently for 30 minutes before singing protest songs. These efforts held off the law’s passing until the early 1960s.