Friday, 20 August 2010

Friday Feminist - Louisa Lawson

Cross posted

The sun rose on the morning of the sixteenth upon the greatest day that ever dawned for women in Australia for, apart from the privilege of exercising the just privilege so long denied her, that of taking an active and direct part in the election of lawmakers, she had also the blessed satisfaction of being seen as she is - not through the glasses of those interested in her suppression. It has been admitted by Press and people that her attitude upon polling day came as a surprise, and ought to be the means of making her reckless critics exercise greater care as self-appointed judges of what she would or would not do under certain conditions. At present they have and will have in future to speak for themselves, as women now have the opportunity of doing.

Louisa Lawson, editorial in The Dawn, January 1904

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