Catherine Hay Thomson went undercover as an assistant nurse for her series on conditions at Melbourne Hospital.
A. J. Campbell Collection/National Library of Australia
A passionate crusader for the rights of women and children, Catherine Hay Thomson went undercover to investigate their treatment in public institutions and testified before a Royal Commission.
After winning the right to vote in 1893, New Zealand’s suffragists kept up the battle, but the unity found in rallying around the major cause had receded.
Jim Henderson/Wikimedia Commons
New Zealand was the first nation to grant women the vote in 1893, but during the pre-war years enduring prejudice against women in politics outweighed any support for women to stand for parliament
Even working women who have partners often have to do the most work at home.
Does having children make the goal of fairly dividing work at home more elusive?
Mary Ellen Smith is seen in this undated photo.
City of Vancouver Archives
In 1921 and now in 2019, the respective resignations of Mary Ellen Smith from B.C. cabinet and Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from federal cabinet have exposed the limits of Canadian liberalism.
Female members of Congress wore white in a nod to suffragists during the State of the Union.
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Being the media-savvy women that they were, suffragists realized they needed to come up with a meaningful, recognizable brand.
Independent Kerryn Phelps’s roll call of “decency, integrity, humanity” harked back to the women who fought hard for female enfranchisement in the early 20th century.
The early suffragists would be rolling in their graves to know that women joining the ranks of parliamentarians barely changed their male colleagues’ outlook and demeanour at all.
The kind of climate action outlined by the ubiquitous climate checklists won't be enough.
A memorial by sculptor Margriet Windhausen depicts the life-size figures of Kate Sheppard and other leaders of the Aotearoa New Zealand suffrage movement.
Bernard Spragg/Wikimedia Commons
125 years ago today women in New Zealand were the first to win the right to vote. Why did this global first happen in a small and isolated corner of the South Pacific?
The third Pankhurst sister Adela (left) with fellow suffragettes Jessie and Annie Kenney in 1910.
By Colonel Linley Blathwayt, via Wikimedia Commons
Emmeline Pankhurst's youngest daughter fought for women's right to vote, but she's more problematic to commemorate.
More women than men were left standing after the war and pandemic.
Library of Congress
With many men 'missing' from the population in the aftermath of the 1918 flu, women stepped into public roles that hadn't previously been open to them.
Ireland was quick to elect a woman member of parliament, but it's been slow going thereafter.
It's been 100 years since women over 30 won the right to vote in Britain. But that didn't solve gender injustice – and young people today need feminism more than ever.
The Blyth Spartans team of 1917, including Bella Reay (front row, centre) who scored a hat-trick in the Munitionettes Cup.
A top class female footballer and tragic young soldier who was shot for 'desertion' despite fighting in some of WW1's bloodiest battle fields are two hidden stories of The Great War.
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Not everyone won the vote in 1918, and not everyone is living their best life now.
Saudi Arabia is the most recent country to grant women the vote. Pakistan has some serious work to do. And Vatican City really needs to get with the programme.
The women's suffrage campaign shows the advantages of petitioning, even when demands are rejected.
Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst: a family at war with itself.
Imperial War Museum/Wikipedia
Sylvia Pankhurst's book is the dominant narrative of the time, but was she unfair to her sister Christabel?
Members of the Grand Rapids League of Women Voters organized a city get-out-the-vote parade in 1924.
Grand Rapids Herald, Sept. 9, 1924. Image courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Today's women's movement can succeed if organizers learn from the past.
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.