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THE WOMEN'S LIBERATION MOVEMENT IN AUSTRALIA
1970. A collection of reports, campaign literature, newsletters, and other literature produced in the early 1970s as part of the Women's Liberation Movement in Australia. Among the organizations represented are the Women's Electoral Lobby, the Women's Liberation Center, the Working Women's Group, and the Women's Abortion Action Campaign. Suzanne Fairbanks, senior archivist at The University of Melbourne Archives, summarized this period: "In the midst of the social activism that characterized the late 1960s, the women's movement in Australia regained the public visibility it had first achieved at the beginning of the 20th century. The energy of women's renewed campaigns was directed into strategies of which two stand out: work for equal civil rights through the courts and government; and actions for personal and social liberation through consciousness-raising, direct activism and alternative arenas for self-expression. The fight for civil equality had a long tradition in the Australian women's movement, but women were becoming frustrated. Following campaigns by unions and women in the post-war period, in 1969 the Arbitration Commission awarded equal pay for women, but only for strictly equal work. The commission's decision would have no impact on women who worked in predominantly 'female' jobs. Taking their lead from the early suffragists, Zelda D'Aprano (trade unionist and communist) and teachers Thelma Solomon and Alva Geikie chained themselves to the door of the Arbitration Commission in a very public protest, which attracted wide media attention. The success of direct pr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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