The Woman Behind Gandhi (Not His Wife)

When we were asked to look back into the past and find some kind of lesser known activism in history, I got a bit stuck. Before this class I was not very interested in any kind of activism; I tend to stay neutral in many situations and I like it. I don’t really resonate with any sort of activism. I did some research and ended up pretty far back—at least it feels like it. I started by looking at big movements and then I came across something I never get tired of learning about: Gandhi’s peace efforts against the British. I knew I was off-topic but I kept reading. I began to read more about his life before India. He was a lawyer in South Africa working against apartheid. Then BAM! She appeared. “Who,” you might ask?

I’m talking about Sonja Schlesin, of course!


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