However, the very fact that there are so many shelters also suggests that violence against women is still a common occurrence in Australian society. It is now known that domestic violence happens in all socioeconomic and cultural groups within Australia.
Despite polls consistently showing a large majority of the population supporting the ERA, it was considered by many politicians to be just too controversial. Historically speaking, most if not all the issues of the women’s rights movement have been highly controversial when they were first voiced. Allowing women to go to college? That would shrink their reproductive organs! Employ women in jobs for pay outside their homes? That would destroy families! Cast votes in national elections? Why should they bother themselves with such matters? Participate in sports? No lady would ever want to perspire! These and other issues that were once considered scandalous and unthinkable are now almost universally accepted in this country.
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Women and girls today are living the legacy of women’s rights that seven generations of women before us have given their best to achieve. Alice Paul, that intrepid organizer who first wrote out the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, said, “I always feel the movement is sort of a mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.” Women, acting together, adding their small stones to the grand mosaic, have increased their rights against all odds, nonviolently, from an initial position of powerlessness. We have a lot to be proud of in this heroic legacy, and a great deal to celebrate on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Women’s Rights Movement.
The women’s rights movement of the late 19th century went on to ..
Another initially outlandish idea that has come to pass: United States citizenship for women. 1998 marked the 150th Anniversary of a movement by women to achieve full civil rights in this country. Over the past seven generations, dramatic social and legal changes have been accomplished that are now so accepted that they go unnoticed by people whose lives they have utterly changed. Many people who have lived through the recent decades of this process have come to accept blithely what has transpired. And younger people, for the most part, can hardly believe life was ever otherwise. They take the changes completely in stride, as how life has always been.
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Women were granted the right to vote in the Australian colonies much earlier than in Britain and the United States. It has been suggested the one of the reasons for this was that in those countries, the educated, single women were keen to leave the home and infiltrate the man's world of politics. Whereas in the colonies, most suffragettes wanted the right to vote to enable them to nominate a government which they believed would ensure that the laws were fair. They were not as interested in becoming politicians. Many men figured that politics would not change too much if women were given the vote since the social hierarchy which placed women in the home, would remain unchanged.
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The debate has mostly pitted those belonging to the older generation, who view #Metoo and similar campaigns as a threat to the sexual liberation achieved in the 1960s, against younger, activist types who feel that the battle against harassment is the latest stage in the fight for women's rights.
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The right for women to stand for election in South Australia was added as an amendment to the bill. It was added by a councillor who thought that the seemingly-radical notion would discourage even the parliamentary members in strongest support of women's suffrage, from passing the bill altogether. The councillor underestimated the amount of support behind women in South Australia and the bill was passed.