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Reactions to women's liberation, 1970s

This clip is about the social changes and legislative reforms initiated by the feminist revival of the 1970s and how Australian men and women responded to them. It begins with BA Santamaria, a conservative commentator of the time, arguing that mothers should stay in the home to care for their children. Young men in the ...

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Julia Gillard addresses misogyny in parliament

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard's 2012 address to Parliament, in which she described the Federal Opposition's criticism of her support for controversial politician Peter Slipper as being misogynistic, proved to be one her most memorable. The speech went viral and was reported widely in international media, scoring over ...

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Do women's rights threaten men's domains?

Explore the attitudes of Australian men towards the rights of Australian women in the 1960s. Could women's rights threaten those of men's or were such fears typical of gender discrimination? This clip from 1965 investigates the reactions of Queensland men to the suggestion that women should be allowed to drink in public ...

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Women 'rattle the chains' in public bars

Imagine a time in the not too distant past when Australian women were not allowed to drink in public bars. Such gender discrimination was still enforced by law in Queensland in the 1960s. This clip from 1965 reports on an incident in which Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bogner defied the law by chaining themselves to a public ...

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Not a place for the 'gentler sex'

Why weren't women allowed to drink in the public bars of Queensland hotels in the 1960s? What social beliefs and attitudes would justify such a prohibition? This clip presents responses from a bar attendant and two politicians to a famous protest against the ban in 1965. The clip is third in a series of three.

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Woolgoolga's Sikhs find equality in the pub

In 1968, members of the local Sikh community were not allowed membership of Woolgoolga's bowling club or RSL. Racial segregation, in which people are banned from certain places or activities because of their race, is an obvious form of racial discrimination. The hotel was one place where Indians were welcome. This clip ...

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A woman's life in Medieval Europe

What was life like for women in Medieval Europe? Did they enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men? In this clip, learn about the roles of peasant women and the lives they could expect to lead. This clip is one in a series of five.

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Jane Austen: marriage and inheritance

How important is the wealth of a potential marriage partner to you? Why was the estate of a potential husband important in Jane Austen's novels? Consider the significance of marriage in middle and upper class England, as explained by the University of Oxford's Professor Kathryn Sutherland. This clip from the British Library ...

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Jane Austen: the secret meaning of the dance

Why did Jane Austen write about dancing in her novels? What could attendance at a ball or local dance tell us about the characters and their relationships? Professor Kathryn Sutherland explains the significance of dances in the late-18th and early-19th centuries and suggests why Ms Austen chose to describe them in great ...

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Jane Austen: expectations and aspirations of women

How liberated were the women in Jane Austen's novels? Were they encouraged to confront the social norms and gender roles of their times? Listen as Oxford University's Professor Kathryn Sutherland shares her thoughts on the aspirations and expectations of middle and upper class women in Ms Austen's works. This clip from ...

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Sales promotion leaflet for Victa dealers, 1970 - asset 2

This is an advertising leaflet for Victa lawnmowers from 1970. The page shows three panels featuring 'Lawna Green', the fictional Victa representative. In the first panel, she is shown in a dancing pose, with a triangle in the background depicting the anticipated rise in sales expected for February. In the second and third ...

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Beryl Moore recalls becoming a trade commissioner, 2006

This is an edited sound recording of Lady Beryl Moore, Australia's first female trade commissioner, recalling the opposition to her 1963 appointment on gender grounds by a male senior official in the federal Department of Trade. Moore outlines how she had already proved she could do the job in an acting capacity. She also ...

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Gender, institutions and development database, 2012 (GID-DB)

This is a web resource consisting of a database of comparative data on discriminatory social institutions related to gender inequality for 21 countries in 2012. The database includes the 14 variables of the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), and the overall rankings and scores for the SIGI and its sub-indices: ...

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Gender equality analysis from The Conversation

This is a collection of 40+ articles about gender equality. It includes articles about women in corporate leadership, work-life balance for men and women, policy responses to domestic violence in South Africa, the implications of gender bias in higher education, role of childcare in promoting equality and others. The articles ...