Lake, Marilyn: Getting equal

Lake, Marilyn

Getting Equal: The History of Australian Feminism, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, 1999

Getting Equal is the first full-length history of the movements – and their feisty, ebullient, determined leaders – who fought for women’s political and economic rights, sexual and drinking rights, the right to control their bodies and their destinies. In this study, historian Marilyn Lake challenges common misconceptions and offers new interpretations of a politics that has swung between an emphasis on women’s difference from men and a demand for the same rights as men. It is her hope that a knowledge of the complexity of the past will enable us to be more clear-sighted about what remains to be done. (blurb)

A review is here and another one is here, yet another here and a much later discussion of the issues is here.

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