Indigenous Activism and the 1967 Referendum: Remembering Joyce Clague

For the 50th anniversary of Australia’s 1967 Referendum, Lucy Davies and Kate Laing reflect on the activism of Indigenous elder, Joyce Clague. In 1967, a national referendum was held and 90.77% of Australian citizens voted YES, the greatest ever national referendum majority … Continue reading

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Beneath the Textual Record: Women’s voices and the violence of occupation

Hannah Loney examines how women’s oral histories reshape our understanding of the Indonesian invasion and occupation of East Timor. In July 2013, I interviewed Maria in a small restaurant in the heart of Dili, Timor-Leste. Maria was born in a small fishing … Continue reading

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Julia Gillard, Gender and the Media: Treading the tight-rope

Blair Williams asks why Julia Gillard and other women prime ministers in Westminster democracies experience gendered and misogynistic media representations. When Julia Gillard stood in front of Australia’s House of Representatives in 2012 and spoke directly to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott … Continue reading

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“A Book of Lies”: Settler impressions of Aboriginal women

VIDA blog’s Australian Women Writers Challenge book reviews continue with Lauren Robinson’s analysis of a book about colonial Australian history. Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this blog may contain the images and names of people who have since passed … Continue reading

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The long history of humanitarianism, and the women who invented it

Glenda Sluga examines the origins of humanitarianism through the life and politics of Baltic German noblewoman Princess Dorothea von Lieven. When historians of international politics remember the Baltic-born Russian countess-cum‑princess Dorothea Lieven (1785-1857) it is usually because of her romantic relationship with … Continue reading

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