Wright, Clare: You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World: Democracy Trilogy, Book Two

Clare Wright

You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World: Democracy Trilogy, Book Two, Text, Melbourne, 2018

For the ten years from 1902, when Australia’s suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration. Clare Wright’s epic new history tells the story of that victory—and of Australia’s role in the subsequent international struggle—through the eyes of five remarkable players: the redoubtable Vida Goldstein, the flamboyant Nellie Martel, indomitable Dora Montefiore, daring Muriel Matters, and artist Dora Meeson Coates, who painted the controversial Australian banner carried in the British suffragettes’ monster marches of 1908 and 1911. (blurb)

The book is reviewed for Honest History by Diane Bell. Reviews by Lisa Hill (ANZ LitLovers), Lucy Sussex (The Australian, 6 October 2018, paywall), RandomAlexWhispering GumsAuthor talks to Phillip Adams on ABC. Google extracts. Article by Stephen Romei in The Australian, 22 September 2018 (paywall). For other works by Clare Wright use our Search engine.

Report on the Whispering Gums blog of the author’s Dymphna Clark Lecture in Canberra on the book, 17 October 2018. (Broadcast of the lecture on the ABC’s Big Ideas.) Clare Wright in The Conversation makes modern comparisons. Fairfax review by Penny Russell.

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