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Getting Equal

Paperback|Oct 1999
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"Getting Equal is the first full-length history of the movements - and their feisty, ebullient, determined leaders - who fought for women's political and economic rights, sexual and drinking rights, the right to control their bodies and their destinies." "In...


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"Getting Equal is the first full-length history of the movements - and their feisty, ebullient, determined leaders - who fought for women's political and economic rights, sexual and drinking rights, the right to control their bodies and their destinies." "In this study, historian Marilyn Lake challenges common misconceptions and offers new interpretations of a politics that has swung between an emphasis on women's difference from men and a demand for the same rights as men. It is her hope that a knowledge of the complexity of the past will enable us to be more clear-sighted about what remains to be done."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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What woman today would accept losing her job or her nationality on marriage? What mother would accept that she had no custody rights to her children? Who would deny women the right to equal pay and economic independence?Women today enjoy freedoms unimagined by their mothers and grandmothers-the result of over 100 years of feminist activism in this country.Getting Equalis the first full-length history of the movements-and their feisty, ebullient, determined leaders-who fought for women's political and economic rights, sexual and drinking rights, the right to control their bodies and their destinies.Getting Equalprovides new understandings of women's activism and new perspectives on Australian politics: it shows that feminists were leading theorists of citizenship and the welfare state and outspoken advocates of Aboriginal rights and international law.But the goal of equality has also proved problematic: participating in the world on men's terms has reinforced the masculine standard as the norm.In this path-breaking and lively study, leading historian Marilyn Lake challenges common misconceptions and offers new interpretations of a politics that has swung between an emphasis on women's difference from men and a demand for the same rights as men. It is her hope that a knowledge of the complexity of the past will enable us to be more clear-sighted about what remains to be done.
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After decades of feminist activism, Australian women now enjoy freedoms unimagined by their grandmothers and mothers, but the goal of equality remains elusive - women still earn only 65per cent of what men earn. This text traces the story of Australian feminism, seeking to correct many misconceptions.
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Marilyn Lake

Marilyn Lake is Professor at the School of Historical and European Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her publications include Creating a Nation (with Patricia Grimshaw, Ann McGrath and Marian Quartly, 1994), Getting Equal: The History of Feminism in Australia (1999) and, as editor, Women's Rights and Human Rights: International Historical Perspectives (with Patricia Grimshaw and Katie Holmes, 2001).

  • Part 1 Women In A New World: The Power Of The Ballot. Part 2 Building A
  • Woman-friendly Commonwealth: The Creation Of The Welfare State
  • The Rights Of Mothers
  • The Independence Of Women
  • Campaigning For Aboriginal Citizenship. Part 3 Feminist Modes Of Doing
  • Politics: The Non-part Ideal. Part 4 Equality With Men: The Right To Work
  • No Discrimination On The Grounds Of Sex Or Race
  • An End To Woman's Role
  • Liberation On Our Own Terms
  • The Institutionalization Of Feminism.

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