The Women's Movement

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The Women's Rights Movement (1848-1998) The Women's Rights Movement was and continues to be one of the most incredible and inspirational series of events to occur in Australia

The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 makes sex discrimination against the law. The Act gives effect to Australia's obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and parts of International Labour Organisation Convention 156. Its major objectives are to:

* promote equality between men and women;

* eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex, marital status or pregnancy and, with respect to dismissals, family responsibilities; and

* eliminate sexual harassment at work, in educational institutions, in the provision of goods and service, in the provision of accommodation and the administration of federal programs.


A History of International Women's Day in words and images

by Joyce Stevens

The Nineteen Fifties and Sixties

The immediate response to the end of the war was one of delirious joy and relief.

People poured into the streets when peace was announced to sing, dance, cry and to kiss and hug absolute strangers. Peace brought an end to agonising tensions, to shortages, to the separations, and the long hours of work. The urgency of returning to "normality" gripped many like a fever. There was a boom in babies and marriages.

For most women the blessings in the years that followed were mixed indeed. The trend to shift many more women in paid work into the textile and clothing industries started before the war ended, and this continued. Women who had been metalworkers and ironworkers in aircraft and munitions factories found that their man's jobs and man's pays disappeared. "Rosie the Riveters" went back to waiting on tables at not quite pre-war levels of pay. "Equal pay" was reduced to 75%...