Charlotte Maxeke was born on the 7th of April in 1874. She led a remarkable life and this includes going to America to obtain her bachelor’s degree.
The life of Charlotte Maxeke
Not only did she strive to liberate herself, but she also took other women with her to do so.
In light of the apartheid, dompas pass laws, that limited women at their best to reach different places and opportunities. For this, Charlotte stood firm in advocating for the rights of black people. Especially women.
During her life post graduating, Charlotte Maxeke has found herself betrothed to another academic. They would both go on to do good work in the education sector.
Talents and works
Now, Charlotte Maxeke was not only educated, but she was also a very talented singer. She and her sister Katie joined a choir and sparked a remarkable amount of attention with her talents.
Originally from Eastern Cape, Charlotte moved to Kimberly during the time diamonds were first discovered. During her stay, she became a teacher among the many other things she busied herself with.
Today, a hospital in Johannesburg is named after her. It is called the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital of Johannesburg as reported by The Heritage Portal.
Aged 68 when she died, Charlotte was widowed when her husband died at the age of 50. Not only is there a hospital named after her, but she also has her very own statue in memory of her and her work.
She fought very strongly with other women when it came to equal pay. A phenomenon women still deal with today.
More recently, in April last year, the Charlotte Maxeke hospital caught alight with repairs estimated to be at 7 million. The CEO of the hospital is currently under fire for not doing enough to ensure the smooth running of the hospital.
Some reports claim that she has in fact done her job but this remains up for debate.