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Federation of South African Women
The Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW) was founded in 1954 by two members of South Africa's Communist Party, Ray Alexander, a trade union leader, and Hilda Bernstein, a member of the Johannesburg City Council. Established as a broadly based multiracial women's organization focused on issues that affected women, it grew to become one of the most important anti-apartheid organizations in the middle part of the 20th century. As part of a broader coalition of anti-apartheid organizations, namely, the Congress Alliance, the inaugural conference of FEDSAW was strongly supported by a broad range of anti-apartheid organizations, including the African National Congress Women's League and several trade unions. Founded initially as an individual ...