1929: White women win right to vote.
1941: Women allowed full membership in African National Congress.
1955: ANC Freedom Charter reflects commitment to non-sexist thinking.
1956: March in Pretoria by 20,000 women against pass laws.
1979: Divorce Act strengthens women's rights in marriage.
1980: Women's Bureau created as independent watchdog group.
1984: Matrimonial Property Act gives equal legal and economic status in marriage to white, Asian, mixed race women; 1988 amendment gives same to black women.
1990: ANC executive acknowledges the need for women to be represented in leadership and decisionmaking bodies. Legislation grants the right to maintenance on the death of a spouse.
1992: Women's National Coalition formed. Legislation abolishes rule that a married woman follows domicile of her husband.
1993: Government, ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party, and Democratic Party publish draft bills of rights enshrining gender equality.
1994: First democratic ballot scheduled. Black women will vote for the first time.