In 1972, 5 women – Helen Garner, Claire Dobbin, Evelyn Krape, Yvonne Marini and Jude Kuring –spent 5 months workshopping a play. Frank, angry and explicit, it was a beacon of 1970s women’s liberation.
Ash derided women’s liberation as “that foolishness” – but her success story is very feminist.
In his 1972 novel The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin powerfully dramatised women’s suburban alienation and men’s resistance to feminist change. Michelle Arrow traces its enduring influence.
Feminists in the 1970s knew the liberation of women and children was inextricably linked.
As women’s relationship with work and career has changed, so too has the relationship with parenting. What women need now is more targeted support in raising children.
As women around the world call out sexual misconduct, the role of men in rooting out misogyny needs to be considered
Through history, themes of anger and sorrow have run through women’s marches — but so too have themes of joy, hope and resilience.
The icon of women’s liberation has died in Los Angeles, aged 78. Her music shaped a generation of women.