Lilith: A Feminist History Journal

Articles from No. 15, Annual

'A Mysterious and Undefined Difference of Sex': Equality and Difference in Antebellum American Feminist Thought
[E]ven after justice has got the upper hand of force in the world's judgments, a mysterious and undefined difference of sex ... seriously embarrasses the question of equality. --Paulina Wright Davis (1) In 1850, some of the most radical...
'As the Past Coils like a Spring': Bridging the History of Australian Women Writers with Contemporary Australian Women Writers' Stories
The Australian writer Eleanor Dark referred to time as the dissolving barrier. In her novel The Little Company she says that time is circular: 'The past will coil up behind you like a spring, it will reach over your head to link up with the future...
Does Feminist History Still Matter?
Welcome to the fifteenth edition of Lilith. When the first edition appeared over twenty years ago in 1984, it grew from the need for an Australian journal dedicated to the publication of feminist history. Although at that time the women's liberation...
Explaining the Generation Debate: Envy, History or Feminism's Victories? (1)
Abstract The generation debate between baby-boomer feminists and their putative daughters, or 'baby busters', has been described as 'the most pressing task for the feminisms of our time, both inside and outside academe'. (2) This paper commences...
Feminist History-Back to the Future
Henry Abelove has reflected on the different approaches his students have had to the history he teaches. It is the differences between his queer students of the present, and his lesbian and gay students of the past, that he ruminates on; the differences...
Future Appointments in Feminist History
It was a dejected image invoked by Jill Matthews in 1986 when she spoke of women historians chancing upon a few 'women worthies', 'grazing quietly' by 'the male stream'. (1) It is even gloomier to picture ourselves there again, chewing the cud of Howard's...
Imagining the Black Body: Race, Gender and Gynaecology in Late Colonial Australia
Abstract This article will consider intersections between race, gender and imperialism in Australia in the late colonial period, through an exploration of medical attitudes towards bodies. It will examine the rhetorical construction of Indigenous...
Iron Girls, Strong Women, Beautiful Women Writers and Super Girls: A Discourse Analysis of the Gender Performance of Women in Contemporary China
Abstract Using data collected from Shanghai from 2002 to 2005, this paper focuses on the gender performance of young women in today's China and how they understand their 'femininity' in their self-identification. Our analysis examines four popular...
On Reading the First Stone Ten Years Later
The invitation to reflect on feminism's future for Lilith and the desire to re-read Helen Garner's The First Stone (1995) were coincidental, but fortuitous. I have always been better at offering reflections than remedies and feminism has always had...
Past, Present, Future: The Future of Feminist History (1)
First, my thanks to the Lilith Collective for inviting me to reflect on the future of feminist history, although I confess at times I have felt completely daunted by this task. I'm not sure they realise quite how difficult it is for a historian to...
'The German Woman Has the Inner Energy to Work for Germanness': Race, Gender and National Socialism in Interwar Australia. (1)
On 10 November 1933, a meeting was held at the German Consulate in Sydney to discuss the founding of a newspaper to be called The Kangaroo. This title may have alluded to D.H. Lawrence's similarly named 1923 novel, Kangaroo, which explored the possibility...