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Mrs Chan Harr, Marjorie Wong Yee, Annie Kwok, Norma Wong Yee, Ida Kwok, and Patty Wong Yee on their arrival in Sydney from Hong Kong on the SS Changte, 8 March 1938. ACP Magazines Ltd Photographic Archive, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales (ON 388/Box 043/Item 035)

‘Your government makes us go’: the hidden history of Chinese Australian women at a time of anti-Asian immigration laws

In 1901, there were almost 30,000 Chinese men in Australia but fewer than 500 women. Despite their small numbers, emerging research reveals surprising stories of Chinese Australian women’s lives.
Congress had very few women members back in 1960, and just one woman of color: Representative Patsy Mink of Hawaii. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

Patsy Takemoto Mink blazed the trail for Kamala Harris – not famous white woman Susan B. Anthony

Mink, the first woman of color in Congress, brought a racially and historically aware brand of feminism into lawmaking and ran for president in 1972. But women’s history largely overlooks her.
Harris isn’t actually the first Black woman to run for vice president of the United States. Photo Illustration by Pavlo Conchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Before Kamala Harris, many Black women aimed for the White House

Ever heard of Shirley Chisholm? What about Charlene Mitchell and Lenora Fulani? They are among the many African American women who’ve run for president despite enormous political barriers.
The anti-transportation ‘ladies petition’ from 1850 is one of the first concrete examples of political engagement by women in the NSW colony. Parliament of NSW

Sydney’s 9,189 ‘sister politicians’ who petitioned Queen Victoria

A newly-discovered petition from 1850 provides rare evidence of what might be women’s first moment of political activism in Australia.
Mother Earth: Aataentsic is a woman in Wendat legend who falls from the sky and gives birth to humankind. Viv Lynch/Flickr

Who are Canada’s ‘most historically significant’ women?

Inspired by a recent poll that said Canadians don’t know enough about women’s history, some media outlets explored women’s history but they left out some important stories.
Across the world, allegations of sexual assault have hinged on women’s credibility. Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP

Kavanaugh sexual assault hearing evokes early Soviet mock trials

A century ago, Russian leaders staged mock trials on rape and abortion to educate citizens about new Soviet laws and values. Then, as now, victim-blaming and ‘he said, she said’ marred the verdict.
Clare Wright: one of many women historians carving a role as a public intellectual. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

How women historians smashed the glass ceiling

Compared to the male-dominated STEM disciplines and social sciences like philosophy and political science, Australian history has been remarkably feminised. Indeed there may be more women historians here than in the UK or US.

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