Category Archives: Inspirational women

Self-Education and Intelligent Conversation: The Geelong Ladies Reading Circle, 1890-1929

Jacquelyn Baker explores the activities of the Geelong Ladies Reading Circle between 1907 and 1927, a time when education fell outside the reach of most women. Historical Member: Dr Mary De Garis  Born: 16 December 1881 Death: 18 November 1963 … Continue reading

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The inspirational Pearl Gibbs: Challenging norms about Aboriginal women

Dr Stephanie Gilbert commemorates this year’s NAIDOC theme – Because of Her, We Can – by examining why Pearl Gibbs’ contributions to the fight for Aboriginal rights should be remembered by all Australians. In 2018, we turn our attention in … Continue reading

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Defending the Character and Conduct of Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1803

For International Women’s Day 2018, Shane Greentree explores how the the late-eighteenth-century press commemorated the legacy of Mary Wollstonecraft. The 1797 death of Mary Wollstonecraft and the furious response to her widower William Godwin’s Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication … Continue reading

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Charlotte Maxeke: Tireless campaigner for women’s rights

The Inspirational Women series concludes with Claire Cooke’s reflections on Charlotte Maxeke, a South African religious leader, social worker, and reformer. Pioneer, activist, mother: Charlotte Manye Maxeke was a prominent Black South African woman who dedicated her life to others. At … Continue reading

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Uncomfortable feminist icon: Constance Markievicz

Sharon Crozier-De Rosa explores the life of problematic feminist figure Constance Markievicz and her place in historical memory as part of our inspirational women series. When thinking about writing a post for this ‘Inspirational Women’ series, my thoughts immediately strayed to an uncomfortable … Continue reading

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