Louisa Lawson (1848-1920) was an Australian writer and
prominent feminist. She founded The Dawn,
the first journal in Australia produced exclusively by women, and kept it
running for 17 years.
The Dawn was first published in 1888, and addressed
women’s issues such as domestic violence, legal and economic rights, and
education, with a strong feminist perspective. She founded the Dawn Club in 1889,
the main hub for the women’s suffrage movement in Sydney. She was named the “Mother
of Suffrage in New South Wales”, and was instrumental to Austalian women
obtaining the right to vote in 1902.
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) was one of the most important and
influential figures in the movement for women’s suffrage in the United States.
Additionally, she was involved with the abolitionist movement.
She founded multiple organisations, such as the
Women’s Loyal National League, the American Anti-Slavery Society, and the
American Equal Rights Association, all working to advance the rights of women
and African Americans. In 1979, she was the first woman to be featured on US
Sarah Weddington (b. 1945) was the lawyer who represented “Jane
Roe” in the landmark case Roe v. Wade in 1973. The consequences of her success
meant that a woman’s right to an abortion was no longer restricted by state or
She studied at the University of Texas Law School,
and dedicated much of her work to challenge anti-abortion statutes. She remains
the youngest person ever to argue a successful Supreme Court case, at age 27.
Mott (1793-1880) was an influential abolitionist and women’s rights advocate.
She had progressive ideas about the role of women and former slaves in American
society, and fought to make them reality.
She was a founder of the Philadelphia Female
Anti-Slavery Society, a multiracial community from its beginnings. She was one
of only six women to attend the World Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840, where
she made contact with English suffragists and brought their ideas to the United
States. She was the first president of the American Equal Rights Association.
DELUSIONALS – Running
A song about suppression of women and that women who are suppressed should stand up and fight against it. Support this all-female band!
Running where you can’t hide
Put away all of your pride
Hide your head in a piece of fabric
Will only make us more static
Doing things you’ve been told
Will only keep you blindfolded
They’re making you their property
Don’t follow that made up philosophy
Best song of the year!
Dora Montefiore (1851-1933) was a women’s rights advocate in
England and Australia. She was active in the suffrage movement, and founded the
Womanhood Suffrage League of New South Wales.
She was an
executive member of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. She also
served as the editor of the International
Socialist Review of Australasia.
Edwards (1849-1931) was one of the five Canadian activists who fought not only to
give women the vote in the North American country, but also to officially recognize
women as “persons” under the law.
She founded one Canada’s first YWCAs, where working-class girls were
provided with meals and education. In 1893, she established the National Council
of Women of Canada, and served as its chair for 35 years.