All three female contenders for the presidency of the ANC and South Africa have strong liberation struggle credentials and have also contributed to democracy. But, are they up to the job?
It has been a rough year for the women of this world, which makes a day of recognition even more important.
South Africa's past tells us that, under certain conditions, women mobilise in ways that produce significant political results. But the country's present shows how easily these gains can evaporate.