Posts in: women & feminism

Radical Women talks to young queer activist, Siann Fox

Summer/Autumn 2009

Siann Fox is a 17-year-old queer rights activist from the LaTrobe Valley, about 130 kilometres from Melbourne. She says that growing up in rural Victoria is what propelled her into activism and joining Whatever, a young queer group based in the Gippsland region. Radical Women recently met Siann and talked about Whatever’s work. “In rural… Read more »

Stopping sexual harassment is union business

Summer/Autumn 2009

Sexual harassment remains a serious problem in Australian workplaces. In 2008 the Australian Human Rights Commission conducted a telephone survey, speaking to 2,500 workers aged between 18 and 64. It found that 22% of women and 5% of men have been sexually harassed on the job. The last survey of this type, conducted in 2003,… 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 »

Australia’s first woman Governor-General: Make her the last!

Winter/Spring 2008

In April, Prime Minister Rudd named Quentin Bryce as the first woman to hold the position of Governor-General in its 107-year existence. The constitutional powers of the G-G are to exercise the authority of the British Queen, although both act on the advice of the Australian government. Now this anachronistic vice-regal office, a bastion of… Read more »

Review: A Pleasing View

Winter/Spring 2008

The View from Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers by Mathew Hays. Arsenal Pup Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-55152-220-3. 384 pages. The View from Here is rich in its diversity. Mathew Hays, a film critic and author with the Montreal Mirror since 1993, conducts 32 interviews with directors and screenwriters about their work. He gives… 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 »

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 »