Australian feminists

Posted Oct 27, 2009
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  1. Cate Blanchett

    Cate Blanchett


    Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett (/ˈblænʃət/; born 14 May 1969) is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has received international acclaim and many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three British Academy Awards. Blanchett came to international attention for her role as Elizabeth I of England in Shekhar Kapur's 1998 film Elizabeth, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award, and earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress nomination. Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's 2004 film The Aviator brought her critical acclaim and many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, making her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor. In 2013, she starred as Jasmine Francis in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, for which she won numerous accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress.

  2. Helen Reddy

    Helen Reddy


    Helen Maxine Lamond Reddy (born 25 October 1941) is an Australian singer, actress, and activist. In the 1970s, she enjoyed international success, especially in the United States, where she placed 15 singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Six made the Top 10 and three reached No. 1, including her signature hit "I Am Woman". She is often referred to as the "Queen of '70s Pop."

  3. Sia



    Sia Kate Isobelle Furler (born 18 December 1975), sometimes referred to mononymously as Sia (/ˈsə/), is an Australian singer and songwriter. She started her career as a singer in the local Adelaide acid jazz band Crisp in the mid-1990s. In 1997, when Crisp disbanded, she released her debut studio album titled OnlySee on Flavoured Records in Australia. Following the event, she moved to London, England and provided lead vocals for British duo Zero 7.

  4. Germaine Greer

    Germaine Greer


    Germaine Greer (/ɡrɪər/; born 29 January 1939) is an Australian-born writer, regarded as one of the major voices of the second-wave feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century. She lives in the United Kingdom, where she has held academic positions at the University of Warwick and Newnham College, Cambridge.

  5. Miles Franklin

    Miles Franklin


    Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, known as Miles Franklin (14 October 1879 – 19 September 1954) was an Australian writer and feminist who is best known for her novel My Brilliant Career, self-published in 1901. While she wrote throughout her life, her other major literary success, All That Swagger, was not published until 1936.

  6. Sheila Jeffreys

    Sheila Jeffreys


    Sheila Jeffreys (born 13 May 1948), an English expatriate in Australia, is best known as a lesbian feminist scholar and political activist, for her analysis of the history and politics of sexuality in Britain, and for her controversial views on transsexualism. She was a professor in Political Science at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Jeffreys's argument that the "sexual revolution" on men's terms contributed less to women's freedom than to their continued oppression has both commanded respect and attracted intense criticism. Jeffreys argues that transsexuals reproduce oppressive gender roles and mutilate their bodies through sex reassignment surgery, that lesbian culture has been negatively affected by emulating the sexist influence of the gay male subculture of dominant/submissive sexuality, and that women suffering pain in pursuit of beauty is a form of submission to patriarchal sadism.

  7. Emma Miller

    Emma Miller


    Emma Miller (26 June 1839 – 22 January 1917) was a pioneer trade union organiser, suffragist, and key figure in organisations which led to the founding of the Australian Labor Party in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

  8. Adele Ann Wilby

    Adele Ann Wilby


    Adele Ann Wilby (born 30 January 1950), married name Balasingham, is the Australian-born former leader of the women’s wing of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of Sri Lanka. She currently resides in London, UK.

  9. Eva Cox

    Eva Cox


    Eva Cox, AO (born 21 February 1938) is an Austrian-born Australian writer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator and activist. She has been an active advocate for creating a "more civil" society. She was a long-term member of the Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL), and is exploring concepts of social and ethical accounting for business enterprises.

  10. Bella Guerin

    Bella Guerin


    Julia Margaret Guerin Halloran Lavender (23 April 1858 in Williamstown, Victoria – 26 July 1923 in Adelaide, South Australia), known popularly as Bella Guerin, was an Australian feminist, women's activist women's suffragist, anti-conscriptionist, political activist and schoolteacher.

  11. Lynne Segal

    Lynne Segal


    Lynne Segal (born 1944) is an Australian-born, British-based socialist feminist academic and activist, author of many books and articles, and participant in many campaigns, from local community to international. She has taught in higher education in London, England since 1970, at Middlesex Polytechnic from 1973. In 1999 she was appointed Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, where she now works in the School of Psychosocial Studies.

  12. Bessie Rischbieth

    Bessie Rischbieth


    Bessie Mabel Rischbieth, OBE (née Earle; 16 October 1874 – 13 March 1967) was an influential and early Australian feminist and social activist. A leading or founding member of many social reform groups, such as the Women's Service Guilds, The Australian Federation of Women Voters and their periodical The Dawn, she sought to establish international campaigns for social change and human rights.

  13. Rosi Braidotti

    Rosi Braidotti


    Rosi Braidotti (born 28 September 1954) is a contemporary philosopher and feminist theoretician.

  14. Anna Couani

    Anna Couani


    Anna Couani (born 6 April 1948) is a contemporary Australian poet and teacher.

  15. Justine Caines

    Justine Caines


    Justine Maree Caines OAM (born 21 February 1973) is a lobbyist and advocate in Australia.

  16. Muriel Matters

    Muriel Matters


    Muriel Lilah Matters (12 November 1877 – 17 November 1969) was an Australian born suffragist, lecturer, journalist, educator, actress and elocutionist. Based in Britain from 1905 till her death, Matters is best known for her work on behalf of the Women's Freedom League during the height of the militant struggle to enfranchise women in the United Kingdom.

  17. Mary Eliza Fullerton

    Mary Eliza Fullerton


    Mary Eliza Fullerton (14 May 1868 – 23 February 1946) was an Australian writer.

  18. Jean Curthoys

    Jean Curthoys


    Jean Curthoys (born 1947) is an Australian feminist philosopher.

  19. Eva Bacon

    Eva Bacon


    Eva Bacon (1909 - 23 July 1994), born Eva Goldner, was a socialist and feminist based in Brisbane, Australia, who was most active between the 1950s and the 1980s. Raised in Austria and a member of several leftist political organisations in her youth, Eva Goldner escaped Nazi occupied Austria in 1939, eventually migrating to Australia. Goldner remained involved in local and international politics and joined the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), marrying fellow member Ted Bacon in 1944. Throughout her career Bacon was an active member of the CPA, and the Union of Australian Women (UAW), where she was heavily involved in International Women's Day campaigns, including attending the 1975 UN World Conference on Women in Mexico celebrating International Women's Year. Bacon was also an active member of the Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL), the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She was passionate about childcare issues, and through her political work clashed particularly with conservative Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson.

  20. Mena Calthorpe

    Mena Calthorpe


    Mena Ivy Bright Calthorpe (1905–1996) was an Australian writer, who was once short listed for the Miles Franklin Award.

  21. Freda Brown

    Freda Brown


    Freda Yetta Brown (9 June 1919 – 2009), born Freda Yetta Lewis in Sydney, was an Australian political activist who was a member of the Communist Party of Australia and later the Socialist Party. She married Bill Brown, a leading Australian Communist, in 1943. She is the only Australian woman to have been awarded a Lenin Peace Prize, which she received in 1977-78. Her daughter, Lee Rhiannon, is an Australian Greens member of the Australian Senate and previously a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council.

  22. Beatrice Faust

    Beatrice Faust


    Beatrice Faust AO (born 19 February 1939) is an Australian author and women's activist. She was a co-founder of Women's Electoral Lobby and President of the Abortion Law Repeal Association of Victoria.

  23. Millicent Preston-Stanley

    Millicent Preston-Stanley


    Millicent Preston-Stanley (9 September 1883 – 23 June 1955) was an Australian feminist, and politician who was the first female member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. In 1925 she became the second woman to enter government in Australia.1 She was also among the first women in New South Wales to become Justices of the Peace and served as president of the Women Justices Association from 1923 to 1926. Throughout her life she advocated for women's rights, health reform, and temperance.

  24. Maybanke Anderson

    Maybanke Anderson


    Maybanke Anderson also known as Maybanke Wolstenholme (17 February 1845 - 15 April 1927) was a Sydney reformer involved in women's suffrage and federation.

  25. Dale Spender

    Dale Spender


    Dale Spender (born 22 September 1943) is an Australian feminist scholar, teacher, writer and consultant.

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