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Across Boundaries: The Journey of a South African Woman Leader
     

Across Boundaries: The Journey of a South African Woman Leader

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by Mamphela Ramphele, Johnnetta B. Cole (Foreword by)
 

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"Survival," writes Mamphela Ramphele, "is a stronger force than the fear of offending others." Born black and female in apartheid-ruled South Africa, Ramphele went on to become one of the most distinguished women on the African continent—a prominent activist, medical doctor, anthropologist, teacher, university leader, as well as a mother to two sons. Across

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"Survival," writes Mamphela Ramphele, "is a stronger force than the fear of offending others." Born black and female in apartheid-ruled South Africa, Ramphele went on to become one of the most distinguished women on the African continent—a prominent activist, medical doctor, anthropologist, teacher, university leader, as well as a mother to two sons. Across Boundaries chronicles Ramphele's inspiring journey, and reveals the staggering personal losses that coexisted with her astonishing political and professional achievements.

In addition to recounting the fascinating and often gripping events of her life, she describes the personal side of her experiences—her early struggles to maintain dignity and hope in a world that devalued both black people and women; her battles against despair, especially after the murder of her colleague and lover Steven Biko and the death of her third child in infancy; her mistakes and regrets, as well as her triumphs.

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"What gives [this memoir] special power is not only the political freedom story, but her honesty about her failures and her fury and her survivor guilt. There’s deep commitment here, but not martyrdom… women everywhere will recognize her conflicts about her roles as mother, academic, political activist, lover, and friend.” —Booklist

"Across Boundaries is an autobiography that captures both a unique heart and a nation's history. No matter where or how each of us lives, Across Boundaries gives us a rare leader who teaches us to teach ourselves." —Gloria Steinem

"Stunningly moving and inspiring." —Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund

"Using adversity to advance the cause of freedom and justice, Mamphela Ramphele created an oasis of humanity and dignity in a wilderness of despair and oppression... This is [her] riveting testimony told in her inimitable way." —Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"Ramphele's life and work are illustrative of her indomitable spirit. She makes life better for all who know her and for many others as well." —Frank Thomas, President, Ford Foundation, 1982-1996

Baltimore Sun
With the publication of her memoir, Mamphela Ramphele invites comparison to a formidable collection of women -- Katharine Graham, Pamela Harriman, Madeleine Albright -- recently in the news because of the way their careers were shaped by personal and family sagas....Her story has the sweep of an historical novel, in which one woman's tragedies and triumphs play out on the stage of one of the century's great morality plays, and in intimate proximity to one of its leading actors (Stephen Biko)....Ramphele has given us a window into one of the most riveting national makeovers of modern times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558611665
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Series:
Women Writing Africa Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Desmond Tutu
Mamphela Ramphele created an oasis of humanity and dignity in a wilderness of dispair and oppression....This is [her] riveting testimony told in her inimitable way.

Meet the Author

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele is a South African politician, a former activist against apartheid, a medical doctor, an academic and businesswoman. She was a partner of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, with whom she had two children. She is a former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town and a one-time Managing Director at the World Bank.

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