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Woman's League (1895 - 1897)



Formed in 1895 by Lucy Morice, supported by her aunt, Catherine Helen Spence. It aimed to build on the recent enfranchisement of women by educating women politically and socially to be able to take an intelligent part in the political life of the country. It also aimed to forge an alliance of women regardless of class and party to address issues concerning women and children. The first President was Annie Montgomerie Martin. Some members were also members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. The League ended in 1897.

Sources used to compile this entry: Allen, Margaret (Margaret Ellen), 1947- ; Hutchison, Mary and Mackinnon, Alison, 1942-, Fresh evidence, new witnesses : finding women's history, South Australian Government Printer, Netley, SA, 1989, 284 pp. (Refer to p.211. in which Lucy Morice sets out the objectives of the League).; Helen Jones, In her own name. A history of women in South Australia from 1836, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 1986, 356 pp.

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  • Woman's League : SUMMARY RECORD, 1895 - 1897, SRG 690; Woman's League (1895 - 1897); State Library of South Australia. Details

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