Who says who we are as women?
Who says what is in our interest?
Patriarchy; religion; industry – they use us for their own purposes.
They did in the past. They do now, in 2012.
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BETRAYAL women’s paid work 1874-1974
Compiled by Geraldine Robertson
Women's Web stories actions http://www.womensweb.com.au
is in three sections to celebrate three remarkable women.
SECTION A. EARLY DAYS – (1-41)
The times of Vida Goldstein (1869-1949)
Famous suffragist plus ... She picked up and carried forward some of the work of early Australian feminists, including her mother - Isabella Goldstein (1840-1916). She died in obscurity but some of her work was continued by Muriel Heagney.
SECTION B. RECOVERING FROM WAR,
MORE WAR, MORE RECOVERING (42-68)
The times of Muriel Heagney (1885-1974)
Famous unionist plus ... She picked up and carried forward some of the work of Vida Goldstein. She died in obscurity and poverty but some of her work was continued by Zelda D’Aprano.
SECTION C. WOMEN'S LIBERATION –
The times of Zelda D’Aprano (1928-
Famous women's liberationist plus ... She picked up and carried forward some of the work of Vida Goldstein and Muriel Heagney. She is still working. Her book Zelda is available at the New International Bookshop.
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I compiled this collection of quotes -100 from 100 years - for those who embrace the women’s movement now and in the future.And with particular thanks to the women who helped me with this booklet/website:
Elida; Esme; Iman; Margaret; Ohmar; Rachel and Zelda.
I chose these stories on the documentation that was available, not on political grounds. Stories and works of feminist women living today are documented in Women’s Web stories actions www.womensweb.com.au. I wondered what connected these women, so I started looking.
I was astounded.
"Why wasn't I told, why wasn't I told?" kept going through my head as I paced the floor, furious.
"Why didn't I know that all this is part of a precious tradition, coming from the past and moving into the future?" And what is worse, the continuity and hope of the women’s movement had been apparently lost before.
In the 1920’s Alice Henry said of young women: “They don’t seem to burn with causes and have high emotional adventure.”
Stella (Miles) Franklin concurred: “There is nothing for them but to conform and imitate and they are anaemic specimens. No rebellion, no venturesomeness.”
In hindsight we can see they were mistaken. Young women did embrace the women’s movement, carrying it forward and standing firm in increasingly difficult times. The stories in this booklet/website are evidence of that.
These accounts give me hope. I trust they will touch you, too.
These quotes are nearly all taken from Women Working Together suffrage and onwards
A few are taken from Women's Web stories actions
And some other websites that are sourced within the text.
The booklet is published by Women’s Web stories actions
http://www.womensweb.com.au/ June 2012
With the support of the Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank.
National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry
Title: Betrayal : women's paid work 1874-1974 a story of betrayals
/ compiled by Geraldine Robertson.
ISBN: 9780987327406 (pbk.)
Equal pay for equal work--Victoria--History.
Sex discrimination in employment--Victoria.
Dewey Number: 331.215309945
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