Category Archives: Research blogs

Jewish Feminism: Perspectives from the Australian Jewish community

Our series of blogs based on articles published in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal continues with Suzanne Rutland’s analysis of Jewish women in Australia. The role of the Jewish woman is encapsulated in a famous Hebrew proverb, beginning: ‘A woman of value … Continue reading

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‘With daggers in her bonnet’: The Australian hatpin panic of 1912

Anna Temby explores the fears aroused by that lethal item of female headwear – the hatpin – in federation Australia. In the early twentieth century, hatpins replaced the corset as the deadliest item of women’s fashion. Bonnet-style hats, fastened under … Continue reading

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Catharine Macaulay and the “Equal Eye” of Compassion

Shane Greentree examines the significance of sympathy and emotions in the early modern historical writing of Catharine Macaulay. After decades of neglect, the varied writings of Catharine Macaulay are the subject of increasing attention. Macaulay has been addressed as an important … Continue reading

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‘Of idle and vagrant habits’: Women and divorce in colonial Australia

PhD candidate Marian Lorrison explores the sensational divorce – yet typical experiences – of colonial woman Annette Miller. Most historians realise how difficult it is to trace the intimate lives of ordinary women, especially those of the working class, who … 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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