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A matter of convenience…or lack thereof: Ladies lavatories in twentieth-century Brisbane

Anna Temby reflects upon the gendered history of public toilets in Brisbane, Australia. It’s not often that toilets are brought to the forefront of public discourse, but in recent years the campaign by transgender activists for more inclusive public sanitary … Continue reading

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Citizenship vs. Alienage and the Intersectionality of Law, Race and Gender

Ph.D. candidate Faye Yik-Wei Chan shares research from her thesis on the legal status of Chinese Indonesian Women, 1930-2014. During the 1980s and 1990s, Susi Susanti was a young badminton prodigy who successfully represented Indonesia at international tournaments. She won a … Continue reading

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Q&A with Christina Twomey: An AHA early career researchers series

The Australian Historical Association‘s network of Early Career Researchers has commenced a Q&A interview series with Australian historians. Here, we repost their interview with academic historian Christina Twomey. Christina Twomey Professor and Head of History School of Philosophical, Historical and International … Continue reading

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Of Love and War: Marriage across the ‘colour line’ in the South Pacific

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Angela Wanhalla explores the emotional and legal complexities of marriages between South Pacific women and their American lovers during World War II. Mihipeka Edwards bore witness to the excitement and emotional turmoil generated by thousands of American … Continue reading

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Australian Women at the League of Nations: A spotlight on settler colonialism in the 1930s

Fiona Paisley begins VIDA blog’s Humanitarianism and Internationalism Series with an analysis of settler colonialism, slavery, and the role of Australian women at the League of Nations. In 1935, an Australian delegation at the Assembly of the League of Nations … Continue reading

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From the fields of war to the streets of suburbia: A centenary of the Australian Red Cross

VIDA blog’s Australian Women Writers Challenge book review series begins with Deb Lee-Talbot’s analysis of a book about how the Red Cross became as a significant Australian institution. Melanie Oppenheimer, The Power of Humanity: 100 Years of Australian Red Cross 1914-2014 (Sydney: Sydney South, NSW … Continue reading

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Should women vote for women?

Feminists must continue to prioritise a gendered analyses of politics, Chilla Bulbeck demonstrates in her examination of the ‘gender gap’ in voting. Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States. Progressives take heart, however, at outpourings of unpopularity: … Continue reading

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Wielding Her Pen Like a Sword: Mary Bennett the Writer

Our series of blogs based on articles published in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal continues with Alison Holland’s reflections on controversial Aboriginal rights campaigner, Mary Bennett, as a writer. In the final stages of her life Mary Bennett’s words cascaded down … Continue reading

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