Curriculm Vitae

Born 1917 in Germiston, South Africa (parents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe)
Educated: Parktown Convent, Johannesburg
B. Com. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
1937 Married to the late Dr MM Suzman. Two daughters
1941 – 1943 Statistician War Supplies Board
1944 – 1952 Lecturer in Economic History, University of the Witwatersrand
1953 Elected Member of Parliament for Houghton – United Party
1959 Inaugural Member of Progressive Party
1961 – 1974 Sole Representative Progressive Party MP for Houghton
1973 The Star Woman of the Year
1973 Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law, Oxford University
1973 Honorary Fellow, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford
1974 Honorary Fellow, London School of Economics
1975 Dyason Lecturer, Institute of International Affairs, Australia
1976 American Jewish Committee (Philadelphia) Humanitarian Award
1976 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Harvard University
1976 Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of the Witwatersrand
1977 Returned unopposed as PFP MP
1977 Honorary Doctorate of Law, Columbia University, New York
1977 Honorary Doctorate of Law, Smith College, USA
1978 United Nations Human Rights Award
1979 University of the Witwatersrand Alumni Award
Twice nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
1980 Medallion of Heroism (New York)
1981, 1987 Re-elected as PFP MP
1981 Honorary Doctorate of Law, Brandeis University
1982 Honorary Doctorate Humane Letters, Denison University
1983 New York International League for Human Rights Award
1984 American Liberties Medallion Civil Rights Award
1984 Freedom Prize, Politiken and Dagen Nyheter, Copenhagen
1984 Honorary Doctorate Humane Letters, New School of Social Research
1984 Honorary Doctorate Humane Letters, Sacred Heart University, Connecticut
1986 Honorary Doctorate Humane Letters, Jewish Theological Seminary of America
1986 Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Cape Town
1986 Roger E. Joseph Award of Human Rights, Hebrew Union College, New York
1987 Honorary Freeman of Kingston upon Hull
1988 Moses Mendelssohn Prize from the Berlin Senate
1989 Retired from Parliament
1989 Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Western Ontario
1989 Honorary Doctorate Humane Letters, Ohio University
1989 Honorary Dame of the British Empire
1989 Freedom of Town of Sandton
1990 Honorary Doctorate of Law, Rhodes University
1990 Honorary Doctorate of Law, Cambridge University
1990 Honorary Doctorate, D. University, University of Glasgow
1990 Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of Ulster
1990 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Nottingham
1990 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Warwick
1990 Honorary Fellow, New Hall, Cambridge
1990 Allied Visionary Award, Johannesburg
1991 Honorary Doctorate of University, Brunel University, West London
Aug 1991 –
Aug 1993
President, South African Institute of Race Relations
1992 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Indiana University
1992 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Rutgers University
1992 Honorary Citizen Fellow, Indiana University May
1992 B’Nai B’Rith Dor L’Dor Award
1992 Wallenberg Award University of Michigan (“One Person can make a Difference”)
1993 Published Memoirs (“In No Uncertain Terms”)
1993 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Toronto
1994 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, De Montfort University, UK
1994 Member of Independent Electoral Commission
1995 Notre Dame Award for Human Rights, Indiana USA
1995 Noel Foundation, UNIFEM Award, Los Angeles
1995 – 1998 Member of the South African Human Rights Commission
1996 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Wales
1996 – 1999 Chairperson of the Vaal Reefs Disaster Trust Fund
1997 Order of Merit (Gold) South Africa (presented by President Mandela)
1998 Jules Cohen Memorial Award, Philadelphia Jewish Community
1998 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Natal
1999 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Yale University
1999 Commander Cross : Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany, Pretoria
2001 Courageous Leadership Award, South African Women for Women Toronto
2001 Declared “Enemy of the State” by Mugabe in the distinguished company of Lords Renwick and Carrington.
2002 Liberal International Prize for Freedom Budapest
2003 Rotary Award – Paul Harris Fellowship Award – Sapphire
2004 Jewish National Fund Award (1000 trees planted in Israel in my name and a Wing bearing my name added to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Home in Mamelodi, South Africa).
2005/6 Exhibitions to honour Helen Suzman’s career at the Jewish Museum in Cape Town and the Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre in Johannesburg
2006 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Stellenbosch
2007 Received honour at Côte Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway, Montreal, Canada
2007 SA Jewish Board of Deputies Human Rights Award
2008 Honorary Doctorate of Laws Kings College London