Robin Joyce

 This  is a part of a paper published in Marian Simms , Australian Women and the Political System , Longman Cheshire, 1984.  

Part 1

 Typical travel conditions experienced by women who organised  country Labor meetings

Labor Women: Political Housekeepers or Politicians?

Myths which limit women’s role and the perception of that role are abundant. The political arena is no exception and the negative images significantly undermine women’s perception of their heritage as legitimate actors in the political process. Women’s political activity in the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in the early 1900s in Western Australia effectively undermines the myth …

Elizabeth Reid Women’s Advisor to the Australian Government

Gough Whitlam was elected Prime Minister of Australia 2nd December 1972 and was the first Australian Prime Minister to appoint a women’s advisor. Elizabeth Reid was appointed. Following is an interview with her conducted by Emma Renwick.

The Life Of Elizabeth

Elizabeth Reid was the first advisor to a PM on women’s affairs; appointed by Gough Whitlam.
She did an extraordinary job in extraordinary times – but her life both before and after those years has been no less interesting – and she shares it with Emma Renwick.

The actual interview took place over several hours – this is …

Katrina Lockwood: The Mystery of Isabella an the String of Beads A Woman Doctor In World War 1

Book review by Robin Joyce


Publisher: Loke Press

Author: Katrina Kirkwood

Sold on Amazon and at good bookstores.

The back-cover blurb tells us:

It was the inscription that made the antique scalpels so tantalising: ‘Isabella Stenhouse’. A woman doctor? A woman doctor who was rumoured to have served in the First World War? Could Isabella have treated wounded men with these very implements? And had a grateful German prisoner of war really given her the strange string of beads that tangled round her stethoscope?  Coaxing clues from archives across Europe, Katrina Kirkwood traces Isabella’s route from medical school …


This material has been copied from the Museum of Australia site. More material is available on the site and a visit to the original is recommended.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

WARNING: Relatives of the artist are advised that images of Emily Kame Kngwarreye and other Aboriginal people who might be deceased appear in this exhibition and website.

About Emily

Portrait of Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Photo: Greg Weight, 1994.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye is one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists. Emily was born at the beginning of the twentieth century and grew up in a remote desert area known as Utopia, 230 kilometres north-east


Rosa Manus



This article is from an o.a. blog post from Arina Angerman. It has been lightly edited. WHN Admin.


a.o. thanks editors Myriam Everard and Francisca de Haan, Atria (Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History) and publisher Brill for the opportunity to read this amazing collective biography of Essays, Pictures and Documents about Rosa Manus (1881-1942) The International Life and Legacy of a Jewish Dutch Feminist Leiden 2017. (Comment 1)


In this blog I focus on Rosa Manus as board member of International Alliance of Women. Rosa Manus was murdered by the Nazis …