VIDA blog publishes a number of series relating to feminist, gender, and women’s history in Australia and beyond, as well as series about the practice of history. If you would like to suggest a series, or let us know about your book launch or event, please consult our guidelines and contact the managing editors.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

This series of blog posts is part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, “an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.”

Graffiti en Barcelona, 2016. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Graffiti en Barcelona, 2016. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Zora Simic, “Towards a feminist history of domestic violence in Australia,” November 24, 2016.

Tanya Evans, “How domestic violence fractures families,” November 25, 2016.

Andy Kaladelfos, “Uncovering a hidden offence: Histories of familial sexual abuse,” November 26, 2016.

Susan Broomhall, “Narrating women’s experiences of psychic violence,” November 27, 2016.

Alana Piper, “The role of economic abuse in domestic violence,” November 28, 2016.

Shurlee Swain, “Reading the silences of domestic abuse,” November 29, 2016.

Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien, “‘Wicked Women’ and communal violence: Witchcraft in historical perspective,” November 30, 2016.

Vera Mackie, “The grandmother and the girl,” December 1, 2016.

Lisa Durnian, “‘Mum will be safe now’: Prosecuting children who kill violent men,” December 2, 2016.

Dianne Hall, “Domestic violence has a history: Early modern family violence,” December 3, 2016.

Joanne McEwan, “The legacy of eighteenth-century wife beating,” December 4, 2016.

Jane Freeland, “Writing their stories: Women’s survivorship and the history of domestic abuse in divided Germany,” December 5, 2016.

Mary Tomsic, “We Aim to Please: Cinematic activism, sex and violence,” December 6, 2016.

Lisa Featherstone, “Rape in marriage: Why was it so hard to criminalise sexual violence?” December 7, 2016.

Senthorun Raj, “Are you really gay enough to be a refugee?” December 8, 2016.

Brigitte Lewis, “Feminist digital activism: The revolution is being streamed, snapped and tweeted,” December 9, 2016.

Day in the Working Life of a Historian

This series asks feminist historians at different stages of their careers and across historical disciplines to share what contributes to their working day when writing history.

Catherine Kevin, July 4, 2016.

Jane Lydon, July 31, 2016.

Kathleen Neal, September 5, 2016.

Patricia Grimshaw, October 2, 2016.

Sarah Pinto, November 1, 2016.

Maria Quirk, December 12, 2016.

Rebecca Lush, January 2, 2017.

Lilith Blogs

This series features blogs based on articles published in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal.

Wendy Michaels, “The final factor: Achieving maternal rights in 1930s’ New South Wales,” July 12, 2016.
Original: Wendy Michaels, “The final factor: What political action failed to do,” Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, no. 19 (2013): 18-31.

Laura Rademaker, “The stolen generation: Motherhood in black and white,” October 20, 2016.
Original: Laura Rademaker,  “‘I had more children than most people’: Single women’s missionary maternalism in Arnhem Land, 1908-1945,” Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, no. 17-18 (2012): 7-21.

Alison Holland, “Wielding her pen like a sword: Mary Bennett the writer,” January 29, 2017.
Original: Alison Holland, “Wielding her pen like a sword: Mary Bennett’s war against the Australian State,” Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, no. 22 (2016): 37-51.

Inspirational Women

In conjunction with Women’s History Month 2017, this series invites scholars to reflect on the lives of women who they find inspirational.

Susan Magarey, “Catherine Helen Spence: ‘The most distinguished woman they had had in Australia’,” March 1, 2017.

Michelle Arrow, “Working inside the system: Elizabeth Reid, the Whitlam government and the Women’s Movement,” March 5, 2017.

Melanie Nolan, “Reshaping the Australian Dictionary of Biography: Feminist interventions,” March 7, 2017.

Joanne McEwan and Stephanie Tarbin, “Patricia Crawford: Celebrated scholar and mentor” March 13, 2017.

Anne Rees, “Persia Campbell, our woman at the United Nations,” March 14, 2017.

Heather Sheard, “Australia’s women doctors in the First World War,” March 21, 2017.

Alison Alexander, “Jane Franklin: A life on her own terms,” March 23, 2017.

Sharon Crozier-De Rosa, “Uncomfortable feminist icon: Constance Markievicz,” March 26, 2017.

Research Blogs

Blogs in the research series explore innovative new research about feminist, gender, and women’s history.

Petra Mosmann, “Germaine Greer’s coat, Julia Gillard’s jacket: Thoughts on fashion, feminism and collections,” August 8, 2016.
Original: Petra Mosmann, “A feminist fashion icon: Germaine Greer’s paisley coat,” Australian Feminist Studies31, no. 87 (2016): 78-94.

Catherine Bishop, “Manipulating marriage and money-Making,” August 21, 2016.
Original: Catherine Bishop, “When your money is not your own: Coverture and married women in business in colonial New South Wales,” Law and History Review, 33, no. 1 (2015): 181-200.

Nadia Rhook, “Representing a non-English speaking woman in 1890s Melbourne: some dilemmas,” August 31, 2016.
Original: Nadia Rhook, “Speech, sex, and mobility: Norwegian women in a late nineteenth-century ‘English-speaking’ settler colony,” Journal of Women’s History, 28, no. 2 (2016): 58-81.

Samadhi Driscoll, “Fortune-telling, family history and feminism,” September 7, 2016.

James Keating, “Vida Goldstein, the vote, and the challenges of national and international citizenship,” September 15, 2016.
Original: James Keating, “‘An Utter Absence of National Feeling’: Australian women and the International Suffrage Movement, 1900–14,” Australian Historical Studies, 47, no. 3 (2016): 462-481.

Anne Jamison, “‘Who do you think you are?’ Australian Women Writers,” September 18, 2016.

Anne Rees, “A different view of women: Mentors, Australian women professionals and the United States,” September 29, 2016.

Marian Quartly, “Marital separation and family heroines,” October 24, 2016.

Phoebe Wilkens, “Dead and buried: Digging up controversial history,” November 15, 2016.

Alana Piper, “Book thieves in 19th-century Melbourne,” January 17, 2017.
Original: Alana Piper, “Book thieves: Theft and literary culture in nineteenth and twentieth-century Australia,” Cultural and Social History (2016): 1-17.

Hsu-Ming Teo, “Love and the land: early Australian rural romances,” February 12, 2017.
Original: Hsu-Ming Teo, “‘We have to learn to love imperially’: Love in late colonial and federation Australian romance novels,” Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 4, no. 2 (2014): 1-20.

Faye Yik-Wei Chan, “Citzenship vs. alienship and the intersectionality of law, race and gender,” February 19, 2017.

Anna Temby, “A matter of convenience…or lack thereof: Ladies lavatories in twentieth-century Brisbane,” February 21, 2017.

Humanitarianism and Internationalism Series

This series analyses the histories of women and their contribution to transnational humanitarian and internationalist organisations and social movements.

Fiona Paisley, “Australian Women at the League of Nations: A spotlight on settler colonialism in the 1930s,” February 7, 2017.
Original: Fiona Paisley, “The Italo-Abyssinian Crisis and Australian Settler Colonialism in 1935,” forthcoming, History Compass.

Issues Blogs

These blogs offer analysis of contemporary issues, especially those facing the practice or dissemination of feminist, gender, and women’s history.

Anna Kerr, “Respectful relationships education? Let’s start by teaching some Herstory,” August 3, 2016.

Lisa Featherstone, “What did abortion look like in 1899?” August 23, 2016.

Vera Mackie, “Remembering Bellona: Gendered allegories in the Australian War Memorial,” November 10, 2016.

Ana Stevenson, “‘Peace on earth good will to people’: Holiday reflections on Ms. Magazine,” December 18, 2016.

Jordy Silverstein and Mary Tomsic, “AWHN farewells 2016 and welcomes 2017…,” January 22, 2017.

Chilla Bulbeck, “Should women vote for women?” February 1, 2017.

Angela Wanhalla, “Of love and war: Marriages across the ‘colour line’ in the South Pacific,” February 13, 2017.

Sonya Wurster, “The leaking pipe: Women in academia,” March 3, 2017.

Book Reviews and Book Launches

This series features book reviews of interest to members of the Australian Women’s History Network, as well as reflections by authors about their new monographs.

Ann McGrath, “A tale of three book launches,” July 13, 2016.

Lynette Russell, “Maulboyheenner and Tunnerminnerwait,” July 18, 2016.

Rachel Harris, “From gardeners to governor’s wives – How have women shaped Australia’s cities?” September 27, 2016.

Kiera Lindsey, “The Convict’s Daughter: Speculations on biography,” October 10, 2016.

Susan Currie, “Sexual harassment becomes visible in universities…again,” October 14, 2016.

Conference Reviews and Events

This series features conference reviews and events about feminist, gender, and women’s history and Australian history from around Australia and abroad.

Kathryn Ticehurst, “Review of the AHA conference,” July 28, 2016.

Bethany Phillips-Peddlesden, “Writing histories of gender in Australia and the world – Personal thoughts on a public roundtable,” August 29, 2016.

Lucy Jackson and Victoria Leonard, “Launching the Women’s Classical Committee, UK,” October 7, 2016.

Heather Goodall, “Neighbours – and heroes: The history week lecture, 2016,” November 6, 2016.

Lucinda Horrocks, “Out of the Closets: A homosexual history of Melbourne,” December 14, 2016.

Shirleene Robinson, “Beyond the culture wars: LGBTIQ history now,” December 21, 2016.

Jenny Fraser, “Affirming the matriarchy,” January 26, 2017.

Wendy Michaels, “NSW Parliamentary trailblazers: A fit place for women?” February 9, 2017.

Anne Jamison, “The retrospect: Australian women’s writing symposium,” February 27, 2017.

Yorick Smaal, “Celebrating a career of engagement and achievement” March 12, 2017.

Chelsea Barnett, “How the personal became political” March 19, 2017.

Australian Women Writers Challenge

This series of book reviews reflects on the classic and contemporary work of Australian historians as part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge.

Deb Lee-Talbot, “From the fields of war to the streets of suburbia: A centenary of the Australian Red Cross,” February 3, 2017.

Advice Blogs

Unsure about the process of blogging or how to use social media? Read about the experiences of other historical bloggers.

Alana Piper, “Out of the tower and into the blogosphere: How and why you should be sharing your research online,” July 8, 2016.

Ana Stevenson, “How can historians best use Twitter?” July 20, 2016.


Check out updates from VIDA blog.

VIDA Launch: July 5, 2016,” July 3, 2016.

Ana Stevenson and Alana Piper, “Top 10 for 2016,” December 26, 2016.

Call for book reviewers: Australian women writers challenge,” January 9, 2017.

Australian Historical Association: Early Career Researchers Q&A Series

An interview series hosted by the Australian Historical Association’s network of Early Career Researchers, facilitated by Meggie Hutchinson and Carolyn Holbrook. VIDA blog reposts interviews with members of the Australian Women’s History Network or scholars whose work engages with women’s history and gender.

Q&A with Clare Wright: An AHA early career researchers series,” October 30, 2016.

Q&A with Libby Stewart: An AHA early career researchers series,” January 5, 2017.

Q&A with Christina Twomey: An AHA early career researchers series,” February 17, 2017.