Victoria College (which became Stellenbosch University in 1918) opened its doors to women in the late 1890s. By 1905, several women had enrolled at the college, including Lydia van Niekerk, who would go on to become the first woman to be appointed as professor at Stellenbosch University (SU). Since then, women at SU, including staff, students and alumni, have established themselves as pioneering trailblazers, progressive leaders and change agents in all spheres of society. From leading ground-breaking research projects to becoming champions of innovation and using their expertise and voices to change their communities for the good, #WomenofSU have and will continue to make their mark on South Africa and the rest of the world.
To commemorate South Africa’s national Women’s Month, this webpage features a collection of articles, photographs and podcast featured in the SU media over the past year, providing insight into the remarkable undertakings of some of the women at SU.