Australian Women’s History Network

The Australian Women’s History Network promotes research and writing in all fields of women’s history.  It brings together scholars, students and others working in women’s history to exchange ideas, information, support and resources.

The Network publishes Lilith: A Feminist History Journal. The journal, first published in Melbourne in 1984, is peer-reviewed and publishes articles and reviews in all areas of women’s, feminist and gender history (not limited to Australia) in July each year. For further information see the Lilith page.

Our blog is VIDA: Blog of the Australian Women’s History Network. The blog welcomes contributions from feminist historians throughout their career, both within and beyond the academy.

Link here to the results of the Australian Women’s History Network working group survey: ‘It destroyed my research career’: survey of sexual and gender-based discrimination and abuse in Australian Academia.

We are affiliated with the International Federation for Research in Women’s History and hold a membership to the Australian Historical Association.


2022 AHA Conference Australian Women’s History Network support scheme bursary recipients: Jennifer Caligari; Nadia Bailey; Michelle Staff; Emma Gwen Carson; Deborah Lee-Talbot.

New Managing Editor for Lilith: A Feminist History Journal: Associate Professor Alison Downham Moore of Western Sydney University

Australian Women’s History Network Convenor Team

Expressions of Interest are currently being sought for a new Australian Women’s History Network Convenor Team. The team should comprise National Convenor(s) and HDR or ECR Convenors. One member of the Convenor Team must also serve as the public officer. The role of public officer is a position required for the AWHN to exist as an incorporated association. It is the role of the public officer to lodge the annual report to Access Canberra, where the AWHN is registered, and as such the public officer must have a home address in the ACT.

Convenors undertake this role on a voluntary basis and are required to: maintain the website, issue the newsletter, issue notices as required, coordinate AWHN prizes, maintain a relationship with the International Federation for Research in Women’s History, work with Lilith, maintain the duties of Public Office, maintain the AWHN membership and bank account, organise and run symposia, conferences and AHA streams as required, host an AGM and present the annual reports and accounts, undertake other initiatives as identified by the committee.  EOIs (

If you would like to join the Network, please see our Membership page. Members receive regular news about events, resources, publications and other opportunities via our email list. They also support the Mary Bennett Prize and other mentoring activities for postgraduate students and early career researchers.