About women

This section gives some background information about women and milestones in our struggle for equality.

Download Thank the feminists here (56 kb pdf)

This speech sums up what motivated the Women's Liberation Movement. It was made by Joyce Stevens who addressed the Sydney International Women's Day rally in 1975, the International Year of Women. 32 years later it still resonates . . .

We will campaign and fight because…

women’s work is never done and is underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious
and we’re the first to get the sack
and what we look like is more important than what we do
and if we get raped it’s our fault
and if we get bashed we must have provoked it
and if we raise our voices we’re nagging bitches
and if we enjoy sex we’re nymphos and if we don’t we’re frigid
and if we love women it’s because we can’t get a real man
and if we ask our doctor too many questions we’re neurotic and/ or pushy
and if we expect community care for children we’re selfish
and if we stand up for our rights we’re aggressive and unfeminine and if we don’t we’re typical weak females
and if we want to get married we’re out to trap a man and if we don’t we’re unnatural and because we still can’t get adequate safe contraception but man can walk on the moon
and if we can’t cope or don’t want a pregnancy we’re made to feel guilty about abortion
and for lots and lots and lots of reasons…

We are part of the women’s liberation movement!