NCWA published work
Mid Term Conference Report, June 2017
A history of the National Council of Women of Australian 1896 – 2006
By Marian Quartly and Judith Smart
For much of the twentieth century the National Council of Women of Australia (NCWA) was the peak body representing women to government in Australia, and, through the International Council of Women, to the world. This history of the NCWA tells the story of mainstream feminism in Australia, of the long struggle for equality at home and at work, which is still far from achieved. These days, when women can no longer be imagined as speaking with one voice and women as a group have no ready access to governments, something of the optimistic vision of the leaders of NCWA is still needed. Respectable in hat and gloves in the 1970s and beyond, NCWA women politely persisted with the truly radical idea that women around the world should be equal especially in status, rights and opportunity.
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