Posts in: women & feminism

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 »

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 »

Military indoctrination: A factory for producing violence against women

Winter/Spring 2007

A long-ignored aspect of Washington’s war machine is now getting sporadic attention in the U.S. mainstream media. This is the explosion of violence against women, both in war zones and the military itself. The corporate media, however, is incapable of tracing this problem to its source: the character of imperialist military indoctrination. Gender-specific brutality is… Read more »