Getting Equal: The history of Australian feminism by Marilyn Lake

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December 1999–January 2000, no. 217

Getting Equal: The history of Australian feminism by Marilyn Lake

Allen & Unwin, $24.95 pb, 304 pp

Getting Equal: The history of Australian feminism by Marilyn Lake

by
December 1999–January 2000, no. 217

Getting Equal: The History of Australian Feminism sets out to cover the history of feminism in Australia during the period between 1877, when Charlotte Elizabeth McNeilly unsuccessfully petitioned the Sydney court for a divorce from her abusive husband, and now when Helen Osland is currently serving a gaol sentence for the murder of her husband after a married life of brutal abuse.

This history is shaped by Lake’s project of ‘correcting common misconceptions’ about Australian feminism, that: there were two waves of activism with not much action in between; having won the vote early Australian feminists failed to capitalise on this win; political failure derived from failure to enter parliament; Australian feminists exclusively ‘advanced the interests of white, middle class, career women.’

Jenna Mead reviews 'Getting Equal: The history of Australian feminism' by Marilyn Lake

Getting Equal: The history of Australian feminism

by Marilyn Lake

Allen & Unwin, $24.95 pb, 304 pp

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