On August 9th, 1956, some 20,000 women marched to the Union [government] Buildings in Pretoria to protest against a law requiring black women to carry passes.
On the way to the Union Buildings the women sang a freedom song:
“Wathint’ abafazi, Strijdom!”
[When] you strike the women,
you strike a rock,
you will be crushed [you will die]!
Since then, the phrase wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa.
(Source: , via hunger-painsss)