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Australian Women's Charter (1943 - )

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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, Gatens, Moira et al. (ed.), Australian Feminism: A Companion, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1998, 607 pp; Fabian, Suzane & Loh, Morag, Left-wing Ladies : The Union of Australian women in Victoria 1950-1998, Hyland House, Flemington, VIC, 2000, 196 pp; Lake, Marilyn, Getting Equal: the History of Australian Feminism, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, N.S.W., 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, NSW, c1990, 293 pp; Saunders, Kay and Bolton, Geoffrey, 'Girdled for War: Women's Mobilisations in World Wat Two', in Saunders, Kay & Evans, Raymond (ed.), Gender relations in Australia : domination and negotiation, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Sydney, c1992, pp. 376-397.

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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

  • [Correspondence] [manuscript] / [Australian Women's Charter], 1943 - 1946, Q396/A; Australian Women's Charter (1943 - ); Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • United Association of Women - Records, ca.1930-1970, c. 1930 - 1970, MLMSS 2160 (Y 789-Y 794); MLMSS 2160 ADD-ON 427 (Y 4477-Y 4482); The United Associations of Women (1929 - ); Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection

  • Papers of Jessie Street, circa 1914-1968 [manuscript], c. 1914 - 1968, MS 2683; Street, Jessie Mary Grey (1889 - 1970); National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Papers of Nancy Lutton, 1918-2007 (bulk 1960-2007) [manuscript], 1918 - 2007, MS Acc07/190; National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Records, 1944-1967 [manuscript], 1944 - 1967, MS 2302; Australian Women's Charter (1943 - ); National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection. Details

Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University

  • Papers of Della and EV Elliott, 1894 - 2006, AU NBAC N343; Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University. Details

Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc

State Library of Western Australia, J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History

  • Records, 1960-1991 [manuscript], 1960 - 1991, MN 1796; ACC 5372A; Bedford Park Scouts and Guides Association; State Library of Western Australia, J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Pethybridge, Eva, 1943 - 1963, 1987.0172; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

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