Posts in: women & feminism

Young Women’s Prognosis for Feminism: Alive, Kicking and Life-saving!

Summer/Autumn 2008

The Australian newspaper’s contribution to International Women’s Day this year was this article: “What young women want: Feminism is dead, or at least in desperate need of an extreme makeover.” An IWD forum launching a fight to decriminalise abortion in Victoria demonstrated anything but! Co-sponsored by Radical Women and Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights, the… Read more »

Victoria’s health workers and teachers give lessons on how to fight WorkChoices

Summer/Autumn 2008

Women workers are leading the resistance! Paid far less than their counterparts in the rest of Australia, nurses, allied health workers and teachers have ignited a spark in the union movement. They are showing other unionists, battered by Howard’s vicious anti-union legislation, the how and why of sheer defiance. Victoria’s nurses and teachers saw out… Read more »

Abortion Rights in Victoria are within reach – Pro-choice action is crucial

Winter/Spring 2008

By November this year, Victorians will have new abortion laws. For the first time in 50 years, women and their doctors will no longer face possible imprisonment, as stated in the state’s 1958 Crimes Act. Abortion might become the woman’s decision. But whether, or how much, the new laws will progress beyond the status quo… Read more »

The hidden history of Dr Antoinette Konikow

Winter/Spring 2008

I love studying history. But it is not the ruling class, great men, nationalist bunkum that I was dished up at high school in the seventies that gets me excited. There’s been an outpouring of historical writing that tells stories of resistance. Feminist, anti-colonial, queer, Indigenous and labour historians — both academics and grassroots enthusiasts… Read more »

Right to choose: In Victoria, lesbians and all women win historic rights. Now we must defend them.

Summer/Autumn 2009

2008 ended with a stunning double victory for reproductive justice in Victoria: the decriminalisation of abortion and access to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for lesbians and single women. Both took years of unflinching organising. Up against the terrible twins of “pro-family” reaction — misogyny and homophobia — the pro-choice forces won out. Bravo! Most people… Read more »

Save Childcare: Make it free, under community and worker control!

Summer/Autumn 2009

Commentators have pondered how the world’s biggest childcare company, ABC Learning Centres, could collapse so spectacularly. They should be asking: “Why is childcare treated like a business?” Last August, when ABC Learning went bust, the Rudd government handed the bankruptcy receiver $22 million to avoid a catastrophic shutdown of the childcare sector. In December, it… Read more »

Radical Women conference drafts action plan to fan global feminist revolt

Summer/Autumn 2009

In early October, Melbourne members of Radical Women, Alison Thorne and myself, set out for San Francisco to attend RW’s 41st anniversary conference, The Persistent Power of Socialist Feminism. Fifty hours (via Tokyo!) and several airport checkpoints later, we arrived. Jetlag wasn’t our only concern: the Australian dollar had plunged from near-parity with the U.S…. Read more »

Palestinian Women Warriors

Summer/Autumn 2009

Palestinian working women must be courageous just to survive, and those who have joined the resistance struggle are heroes. In 1967, the Israeli army seized control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which was all Palestinian land. Today, 41 years later, Palestine is still under imperialist Israeli military occupation, abetted by major U.S…. Read more »