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Collection from the NSW Women's Christian Temperance Union office, 1882-1990

This is a banner from the former office of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of NSW. The banner has a royal blue background with gold tassels on the scalloped lower edge. On the top are five loops for hanging the banner. Painted in gold on the banner is: ' CHRISTIAN / TEMPERANCE UNION / SYDNEY / BRANCH / ORGANISED ...

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Towards equal pay for women, 1966

Should people receive equal pay for work of equal value? Australian women and the trade unions that supported them struggled long and hard to achieve equal pay under industrial awards. This 1966 ABC program comes from a period when the campaign was at its peak.

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Makeup and manners: roles for 12-year-old girls

How have society's expectations of young women changed in since the 1970s? This report from the ground-breaking current affairs program This Day Tonight provides an indication of the sorts of opportunities available to young women in the 70s.

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Alvin Toffler discusses women's liberation

How was Australian society affected by the women's liberation movement in the 1960s and 70s? One issue, the struggle for women to access the same opportunities as men, caused much uncertainty about the future of the family. In this clip, writer and futurist Alvin Toffler offers his unique take on women's liberation and ...

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Empowering women in Malawi

When Nolia Jere's husband died, she was forced to leave her children, home and farm to her husband's family. After refusing to marry her husband's brother, Nolia had no status, and was forced into poverty and being a servant for her brother's family. See how she was able to address injustice after participating in Action ...

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Malala speaks for silenced children

Although shot and almost killed by the Taliban for advocating education for girls, schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has continued to champion education for all children. Hear Malala, who nearly died of her wounds, addressing a special sitting of the United Nations on her 16th birthday. She speaks for the millions of children ...

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Taking action for gender equality

As newly appointed Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja is expected to promote gender equality internationally, particularly in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean Rim regions. In this clip from the 7:30 Report, Natasha identifies some of the work that is already underway, while acknowledging some of the ...

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Natasha Stott Despoja spans the political divide

In 2013, the former Australian Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja was given her 'dream job', Ambassador for Women and Girls. This role allows her to speak on behalf of women and girls in places where gender inequality persists. Interviewer Leigh Sales queries Despoja about apparent tensions and contradictions between ...

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Educating for peace in Pakistan

Opportunities for women and girls rise and fall in remote areas of Pakistan as the army and the Taliban struggle for control of the regions. In this clip from Foreign Correspondent, reporter Eric Campbell visits a school for girls in Waziristan, near the border of Afghanistan, and discusses the importance of education in ...

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Germaine Greer and women's liberation, 1970

Discover what it was like for women who spoke up for equal rights in 1970. Germaine Greer's 'The Female Eunuch' was first published in that year. It would inspire many to challenge traditional views of female and male roles. Listen as, in 1970, Greer expresses her ideas and several Australian women and girls say what they ...

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Malalai Joya's voice of dissent

Malalai Joya is a former Afghani politician who, as a young woman of 25, stood up in a room crowded with 503 mostly male political delegates to denounce the warlords who had taken control of Afghanistan. Her action was supported by many but was denounced by those in power. Today, Joya continues her political activism.

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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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Caroline Chisholm's unwelcome companions

Caroline Chisholm's nerve was tested many times in Australia's harsh colonial society. Here, she first visits the building that, against all odds, she was determined to make into a much-needed home for immigrant women and girls. Watch the way she faces what she finds in this place that she had finally won from Governor ...

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'I like your spirit, Mrs Chisholm!'

In this reenactment from Australia's colonial history, witness Caroline Chisholm's determined efforts to help immigrant women and girls in the face of hostility and apathy on the part of the most powerful man in the colony, Governor George Gipps. In this second in a series of three clips, watch the situation shifting.

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Chisholm confronts Gipps

Meet courageous Caroline Chisholm as she tries to convince Governor Gipps to at least acknowledge the desperate situation of young women and girls who migrated to the British colony of New South Wales in the 1840s in the hope of a better life. This is the first in a series of three clips of re-enactments.

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Just for girls? Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca'

Gender and its representation is a significant concern for many writers, readers and critics. Some dismissed Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel 'Rebecca' as a romantic novel, but du Maurier insisted that she was exploring deeper issues of jealousy and power in relationships. Explore these different readings in this discussion. ...

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Caroline Chisholm

This sequence of two activities focuses on researching the life of Caroline Chisholm (1808 -1877). Caroline assisted emigrant women who were being exploited during the depression of the 1840's. Activity one uses primary sources including a portrait of Caroline Chisholm and extracts from letters and newspaper articles to ...