Category Archives: Inspirational women

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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Reshaping the Australian Dictionary of Biography: Feminist interventions

On International Women’s Day, Melanie Nolan explores the Australian Dictionary of Biography and its ongoing efforts to include the lives of more women as part of VIDA blog’s Inspirational Women series. My job is an irksome one for a feminist scholar. Few people understand … Continue reading

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Working inside the system: Elizabeth Reid, the Whitlam government, and the women’s movement

Michelle Arrow reflects on the career of feminist activist Elizabeth Reid as part of VIDA blog’s series on Inspirational Women. Asked to name a famous women’s liberationist from 1970s Australia, most people would probably answer Anne Summers or Germaine Greer. … Continue reading

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Catherine Helen Spence: ‘The most distinguished woman they had had in Australia’

Susan Magarey reflects on the life of Catherine Helen Spence as part of VIDA’s Inspirational Women series for Women’s History Month. A charismatic public speaker at a time when women were supposed to speak only at their own firesides; a … Continue reading

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