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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, October

Bette Davis and Her Camellias
Prologue Every now and again-generally during the question time of a conference or seminar--I feel like an extra in a 1940s melodrama. Dashing men combat dastardly (and generally dead) theorists. Vixens give good leg while Doris Days and Deborah...
Bread and Roses (a)cross the Pacific
Bread and Roses Words by James Oppenheim, 1929 As we go marching, marching, in the beauty of the day, A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts grey Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses, For the people...
'Change Is Slow': Indigenous Women and Unions
Ann Flood, the recently elected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative on the ACTU Executive, responded to our questions about her experiences of unions. Can you tell us a little about your background? What is your country, what work...
Inventing Beatrice': Writing an Auto/biography
'Mob' was the name adopted by a group of young women who were Arts students at Melbourne University between 1928 and 1935. They saw themselves as 'a slightly chosen race of free and original spirits', resisting the conventions of their time and place....
Sexual Politics and Trade Unions
In this special focus, we aim to bring attention to existing pathways and to create or uncover new connections between feminism and trade unionism. Our standpoint is not so much one of feminists offering critiques of the trade union movement from the...
Sisters and Sisters? Labour Movements and Women's Movements in (English) Canada and Australia
The promise of trade unionism demands that you take risks but that then makes you vulnerable (Canadian unionist, 1998) Union women inhabit the territory where the cultures of the labor movement and the women's movement collide [1] Feminist politics...
Songs of Sexual Politics from across the Sea
1. PRAISE OUR LEADERS This song was written by the Brazen Hussies, a women's choir and performance group from Palmerston North, Aotearoa/New Zealand. It was inspired by the campaign launched by our then Tory government to develop a 'Code of Social...
The Black Communist: The Contested Memory of Margaret Tucker
[Margaret Tucker] began an active life campaigning for citizen rights for her people. In 1939 she organised concert parties to raise funds for the Cumeroogunga strikers. Because of her activism she was named 'the black Communist.' [1] Margaret Tuckers...
The Emma Miller Award for Women Unionists
Emma Miller is a legend. However it has taken some considerable efforts over the years in Queensland to elevate and maintain her status despite the powerful labour legends of rural male workers. Miller is particularly famous for her self-defence with...
The Low Pink Ceiling
Suzanne Franzway Introduction Campaigns on issues such as protection from homophobia, in the workplace, and in the trade union movement challenge sexual politics which is what lesbian and gay unionists have been doing since the early 1970s. Shane...
'To Sit Down and Write That Book'
Chris Watson conducted this interview with Jackie Huggins at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, The University of Queensland, on 29 July 1998. Who came up with the idea for writing Auntie Rita? Well, initially my mother....
Tough Choices: News Media Accounts of Women Union Leaders
The 1990s saw a revival of feminist interest in analysing news media representations of women in political positions. [1] In part this was probably due to the rise in numbers of elected women politicians and the concurrent achievement of leadership...
Waves from the Shore: Women Writing the Sea in Oceania
Nothing is ever changeless by the sea, especially land, especially places, especially people. Ken Hulme [1] On North Stradbroke Island I walk along a stretch of beach, scanning the tide line, and before long I see a shell half buried. As I pick...
What Do Women Want from Union Representation?
Why women join unions is not a question that has elicited much interest from the industrial relations community. Despite the many studies of union organizing efforts among men, there are but few that investigate this issue in relation to women. [1]...
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