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For the ten years from 1902, when Australia’s suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration.
Clare Wright’s epic new history tells the story of that victory—and of Australia’s role in the subsequent international struggle—through the eyes of five remarkable players: the redoubtable Vida Goldstein, the flamboyant Nellie Martel, indomitable Dora Montefiore, daring Muriel Matters, and artist Dora Meeson Coates, who painted the controversial Australian banner carried in the British suffragettes’ monster marches of 1908 and 1911.
Clare Wright’s You Daughters of Freedom brings to life a time when Australian democracy was the envy of the world—and the standard bearer for progress in a shining new century.
‘Another book to re-invigorate a near-forgotten chapter of history.’—Spectator
‘Fascinating, inspiring, insightful and essential reading— Clare Wright tells the once-forgotten story, now brought to life through deep research and great storytelling, of ﬁve extraordinary revolutionary women who persuaded Australia to give women the vote.’—Simon Sebag Montefiore
‘Relates with sparkle and wit the largely untold story of the trailblazing women who...were at the forefront of the struggle for women’s enfranchisement internationally.’—Inside Story
‘A celebration of leadership, inspiration, education and sheer individual cheek.’—Sydney Morning Herald