Australia is way behind comparable countries on the marriage equality debate, thanks largely to a failure of leadership.
Historically, Australians have been leaders rather than followers on progressing social issues. But more recently, our leaders have trailed behind public opinion.
The Australian delegation to the International Woman Suffrage Alliance Congress in Rome, 1923.
National Library of Australia
The suffragists who gained women the right to vote offer a model of Australia’s role in the world that remains as important as ever.
Jazmina Cininas, Christina sleeps on both sides of Grandma’s bed, 2010. Reduction linocut 52.8 x 71.8cm.
From witch-hunts to the suffragettes, belief in womanly werewolfs has flourished at times when the female gender was under threat. But in contemporary fiction, film and art, werewolf lore is evolving in surprising ways.
Taking a knee during the national anthem isn’t risk-free in the NFL.
AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File
Americans enjoy a right to free speech, and some public figures really exercise that right. The Constitution might not protect them the way they think it does, though.
Dublin’s General Post Office on fire after the 1916 Easter Rising.
Irish immigrants and their descendants played a leading part in the Easter Rising of 1916 and Ireland's subsequent rebellion. But the inspiration worked in the other direction as well.
Time to make room for a new face.
The announcement that Harriet Tubman will be the first woman on U.S. currency in more than a century recalls the history of female – and African-American – portrayals on money.
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About 250 women appear to have taken part in 1916's Easter Rising.
Suffragette Vida Goldstein became the first Australian to meet an American president at the White House.
Australia’s inimitability with regard to women’s political equality has barely entered conventional studies of political history.
Militant suffragettes used arson and vandalism to draw attention to their struggle. Did they have a moral right to do so?
Victoria Woodhull attempting to vote in 1871, via Everett Historical.
The movie Suffragettes shows the occasionally violent and sensational tactics used by militant suffragettes. Were these justified?
Miller achieved a public voice even before she had the vote.
Alice Duer Miller's analysis of contemporary politics not only made anti-suffragist politicians look stupid. It also made her (and women like her) look completely capable of participating in the political sphere.
Emmeline Pankhurst: part of the first wave.
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Why it's an exciting time to be a feminist.
Suffragette tells a story that is both of its time, and timeless - an historical struggle whose lessons, sadly, still need to be learned.
Anne-Marie Duff (Violet) and Carey Mulligan (Maud) in Suffragette.
Suffragettes were not merely nice (if slightly bonkers) posh ladies in impressive hats.