Career

Positions
Member of Parliament Progressive Federal Party (re-elected) 1987-1989
MacMillan Lecturer Young Conservatives London 1985-1985
Member of Parliament Progressive Federal Party (re-elected) 1981-1987
Member of Parliament Progressive Federal Party (returned unopposed) 1977-1981
Dyason Lecturer Institute of International Affairs Australia 1975
Gildersleeve Professor Barnard College, Columbia University 1974
Member of Parliament Progressive Party (sole rep of
Progressive Party in Parliament until 1974)
1961-1974
Member of Parliament United Party for Houghton 1953-1961
Lecturer Economic History, University of the Witwatersrand 1944-1952
Statistician War Supplies Board 1941-1944
Noteworthy Events/Interesting Facts
  • Visited Nelson Mandela numerous times in prison, and was at his side when he signed the new constitution in 1996
  • Noted for her strong criticism of the governing National Party's policies of apartheid at a time when this was almost unknown amongst whites, she found herself even more of an outsider by virtue of being an English-speaking Jewish woman in a Parliament dominated by Calvinist Afrikaner men. She spent a total of 36 years in Parliament in which she defended the right to freedom of expression for all South Africans.
Awards
Order of Meritorious Service (Gold) President Mandela 1997
Award Notre Dame University, Indiana 1995
Dor L'Dor Award B'Nai B'Rith 1992
Honorary Fellow New Hall Cambridge University 1990
Dame of British Empire HM Queen Elizabeth London 1989
Freedom of Sandton 1989
Moses Mendelssohn Prize Berlin Senate 1988
Roger E Joseph Award of Human Rights Hebrew Union College New York 1986
Civil Rights Award American Jewish Com 1984
Freedom Prize Politiken & Dagens Nyheter Copenhagen 1984
Annual award International League for Human Rights 1983
Alumni Award University of the Witwatersrand 1979
United Nations Award for Human Rights United Nations 1978
Honorary Fellow London School of Economics 1974
Honorary Fellow St Hugh's College Oxford 1973
Published Works
In No Uncertain Terms autobiography author 1993