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Isobelle Barrett Meyering

Research fellow, Macquarie University

Isobelle Barrett Meyering is a historian of Australian feminism, childhood and the family. She is currently based in the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University, which she joined in 2018 after completing her PhD at UNSW. Isobelle is the author of Feminism and the Making of a Child Rights Revolution, 1969-1979 (Melbourne University Press, 2022) and her work has appeared in a wide range of Australian history and gender studies journals. She is currently working on a new history of children's rights in Australia, focusing on the period from 1959.


  • 2018–present
    Research Fellow, Department of History and Archaeology, Macquarie University
  • 2016–2017
    Course Convenor, School of Humanities and Langauges, UNSW Australia
  • 2016–2017
    Research Assistant, University of Wollongong
  • 2014–2015
    Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW Australia
  • 2009–2013
    Research Assistant, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, UNSW Australia
  • 2010–2010
    Tutor, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney
  • 2008–2009
    Research Assistant, Department of History, University of Sydney
  • 2007–2007
    Coder, Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney


  • 2017 
    UNSW, PhD
  • 2009 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours)


  • 2022
    Feminism and the Making of a Child Rights Revolution, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne
  • 2021
    Children's rights, the family and 'sexual permissiveness': conservative mobilisations and the Australian response to International Year of the Child (1979), Australian Historical Studies, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 348-366
  • 2019
    Changing consciousness, changing lifestyles: Australian women's liberation, the left and the politics of 'personal solutions', In: The far left in Australia since 1945 (edited by J Piccini, E Smith & M Worley, Routledge, London/New York, pp. 153-170
  • 2019
    The Margaret Bailey case: high school activism, the right to education and modern citizenship in late 1960s Australia, History of Education Review, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 183-197
  • 2018
    2010: another hung parliament, In: Elections matter: ten federal elections that shaped Australia (edited by B Jones, F Bongiorno & J Uhr), Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 222-248
  • 2018
    Feminism in Sydney's suburbs: 'speaking out', listening and 'sisterhood' at the 1975 Women's Commissions, Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 33, no. 95, pp. 61-80
  • 2016
    Germaine Greer’s “arch enemy”: Arianna Stassinopoulos’ 1974 Australian tour, Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 31, no. 87, pp. 43-61
  • 2013
    The gender debate in domestic violence: the role of data, Issues Paper 25, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, Sydney [co-authored with Rochelle Braaf]
  • 2013
    Liberating children: the Australian women’s liberation movement and children’s rights in the 1970s, Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, no. 19, pp. 60-74
  • 2013
    “There must be a better way”: motherhood and the dilemmas of feminist lifestyle change, Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, vol. 28
  • 2011
    Seeking security: promoting women’s economic wellbeing following domestic violence, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, Sydney [co-authored with Rochelle Braaf]
  • 2010
    Victim compensation and domestic violence: a national overview, Stakeholder Paper 8, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, Sydney
  • 2010
    Abolitionism, settler violence and the case against flogging, History Australia, vol. 7, issue 1, pp. 6.1–6.18

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Historical Association

Research Areas

  • Gender Specific Studies (169901)
  • Social Policy (160512)
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)