Radical Women

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 »

Reclaim the F Word with Radical Women!

Summer/Autumn 2009

The F Word: How we learned to swear by feminism by Jane Caro and Catherine Fox is a lovingly crafted testimonial about the benefits of feminism. Caro and Fox are both working women, both married and both mothers of teenage daughters. Plus the two women are proud to call themselves feminists and eager to convince… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »