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Description - Getting Equal by Marilyn Lake

What woman today would accept losing her job or her nationality on marriage? What mother would accept that she had no custody rights to her children? Who would deny women the right to equal pay and economic independence?

Women today enjoy freedoms unimagined by their mothers and grandmothers - the result of over 100 years of feminist activism in this country.

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.

Getting Equal provides new understandings of women's activism and new perspectives on Australian politics: it shows that feminists were leading theorists of citizenship and the welfare state and outspoken advocates of Aboriginal rights and international law.

But the goal of equality has also proved problematic: participating in the world on men's terms has reinforced the masculine standard as the norm.

In this path-breaking and lively study, leading 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781865081373
ISBN-10: 186508137X
Format: Paperback / softback
(228mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Marilyn Lake

Marilyn Lake, now Professor of History at La Trobe University, joined the Women's Liberation movement in Hobart in 1972 and first lectured in women's history at Monash University in 1979. Co-author of the prize-winning Creating a Nation, she is recognised as the leading expert on the history of feminism in Australia.

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