Category Archives: Issue blogs

Masculinity in World War I popular culture: The case of E.T. Shorley

After the discovery of sheet music with a common lyricist published in Central Queensland around 1917, Janet Stevenson was compelled to investigate further. When a family friend passed an old and beloved folio of early-twentieth-century sheet music on to me, … Continue reading

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Bringing a baby to a conference: The Australian Historical Association edition

Laura Rademaker reflects on the challenges of bringing a young baby to an academic conference which offers no childcare. This year, I took a four-month-old baby to the annual Australian Historical Association Conference (AHA). The conference was excellent. Bringing a … Continue reading

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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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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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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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“Peace on earth good will to people”: Holiday reflections on Ms. Magazine

VIDA Managing Editor Ana Stevenson reflects on how Ms. Magazine disrupted the masculinist language associated with the Christmas season in 1972. Following a highly successful first year of publication, Ms. Magazine circulated its first holiday edition in December 1972. A second-wave feminist magazine with remarkable longevity, … Continue reading

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