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’12 Days of Christmas’ Quotes

‘I would advise no woman to give up anything she has managed to win. I would advise every woman to work as she can, and gain what she can, and keep it. No woman should be made to surrender her goods or herself. A wise woman will enrich herself as if she were the equal of a man, and a good law would protect her rights, not rob her like an envious husband.’

He smiles at me, very charming, and he shakes his head. ‘You would suggest a sisterhood of queens, a sisterhood of women,’ he says. ‘You would suggest …

Stand We At Last

Stand We At Last

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Zoe Fairbairns

 

The following excerpts are published with the permission of Zoe Fairbairns. They provide an insight into the two sisters’ different approach to life. In particular, their expectations of men, marriage and spinsterhood and their experiences arising from the different path each chooses are developed. Their choices, while different, present both with aspects of disillusion. Despair is an underlying theme, but mitigated by Sarah’s resourcefulness, enthusiasm for women’s equality and her strength of character.   Helena’s story, married  to the wealthy manufacturer of military garments, and living in a comfortable home with overwhelming material assets …

Campaign Poverty, Women’s Equality and the Right to Vote

Susan B. Anthony Photo supplied. Source: History of Women Suffrage, Vol. 1

Susan B. Anthony
Photo supplied. Source: History of Women Suffrage, Vol. 1

 

 

 

Bernadette Cahill will be presenting a paper at the Women’s History Network Conference. Below is the background to her paper. WHN Admin.

Bernadette Cahill © 2016
 
 For 144 years before American women won the vote, their lives were severely constricted. The only political tool they had to win change was the petition and even that was questioned.  They were also hamstrung by lack of money, for women had “no right to the disposition of their own earnings.”  Further, a contrived philosophy consigned them to the …

Money, Politics and Equal Rights for Women

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©Bernadette Cahill 2016

 

Clarina I.H. Nichols, (1810-1885) born in Townshend, Vermont, was an abolitionist, temperance and women’s rights advocate and a journalist.

Clarina I.H. Nichols, (1810-1885) born in Townshend, Vermont, was an abolitionist, temperance and women’s rights advocate and a journalist.

On October 15, 1851, Clarina Nichols – abolitionist and women’s rights and temperance advocate – told an audience of a thousand the harrowing tale of a woman who had worked hard all her life and married in her mature years a good but poor man with adult children.

 

The couple lived well even after the husband became an invalid, for the wife had her lifelong savings and continued to make a living after marriage. When he …

The New Zealand Experience – Renaming, Rebuilding and Social Development

Margaret Wilson Photo: supplied by Margaret Wilson

Margaret Wilson
Photo: supplied by Margaret Wilson

Part 1

WHN Administrator

In Australia, thoughtful speakers acknowledge the indigenous owners of the land. New Zealand’s then Attorney General, Margaret Wilson, acknowledged the tengata whenau of Nunagwal Land in her speech in Canberra at the National Labor [1]Women’s Conference, ‘Setting The Agenda’. The following is an edited version of that speech. [2]

 

Margaret Wilson

…As a feminist who was schooled in the debates surrounding socialist feminism, I still believe that economic independence is the precondition to addressing the inequality experienced by women…I do not apologise for reviewing the past at some …