Australian Women's Register

An initiative of The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) in conjunction with The University of Melbourne

Skip to content
  • Click to view this Image

    Australian Woman's Charter 1943
    Details

Australian Women's Charter (1943 - )

From
22 November 1943
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupations
Feminist Manifesto

Summary

The Australian Women's Charter was a program of reforms put forward by women for incorporation into government planning of postwar reconstruction. Described as 'the feminist agenda for postwar reconstruction' and 'a landmark feminist manifesto', the charter documented a wide range of issues and objectives that were discussed at the Australian Women's Conference For Victory in War and Victory in Peace, held in Sydney in November 1943. It ranged over a series of issues - women's right to paid work, the necessity for adequate child care, the particular needs of rural and Aboriginal women amongst them - and reflected the conference participants' agenda for women in the post war world, an agenda that was influenced heavily by women's wartime experiences. A series of publications, programs and follow-up Charter conferences were organized to plan and campaign for the implementation of its aims.

Sources used to compile this entry: Caine, Barbara, Australian Feminism: A Companion, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1998, 607 pp; Lake, Marilyn, Getting Equal: The History of Australian Feminism, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, New South Wales, 1999, 316 pp; Mitchell, Winifred, 50 years of feminist achievement : a history of the United Associations of Women, United Associations of Women, Sydney, [1979?], 106 pp; Radi, Heather (ed.), Jessie Street : documents and essays, Women's Redress Press, Broadway, N.S.W., c1990, 293 pp; Saunders, Kay and Bolton, Geoffrey, 'Girdled for War: Women's Mobilisations in World Wat Two', in Saunders, Kay and Bolton, Geoffrey (eds), Gender relations in Australia : domination and negotiation, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Sydney, c1992, pp. 376-397; Suzanne Fabian, Morag Loh, Left-wing Ladies : The Union of Australian women in Victoria 1950-1998, Hyland House, Flemington, Vic, 2000, 196 pp.

Related entries

Honorary Secretary

Related Women

Archival resources

Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland

  • Papers, 1905-1982, 1905 - 1985, UQFL156; Daisy Marchisotti Collection; Marchisotti, Daisy Elizabeth (1904 - 1987); Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers of Jessie Street, 1914 - 1968, MS 2683; Street, Jessie Mary Grey (1889 - 1970); National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Records, 1960-1991 [manuscript], c. 1944 - 1967, MN 1796; ACC 5372A; Australian Women's Charter (1943 - ), , Bedford Park Scouts and Guides Association; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Eva Pethybridge Papers, 1943 - 1963, 87/172; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Digital resources

Title
Australian Woman's Charter 1943
Type
Image

Details

Elle Morrell and Nikki Henningham

Site-wide information and acknowledgements

National Foundation for Australian Women The University of Melbourne, eScholarship Research Centre

© Copyright in The Australian Women's Register is owned by the Australian Women's Archives Project
and vested in each of the authors in respect of their contributions from 2000

http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/AWE0017b.htm

The Australian Women's Register is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia License

The Australian Women's Register is published quarterly by the Australian Women's Archives Project
ISSN 2207-3124