Did you know that the electrote of Goldstein is named after the couragous suffragette Vida Goldstein?

Some facts about Vida Jane Mary Goldstein

  • Vida Jane Mary Goldstein (13 April 1869 – 15 August 1949) was an Australian suffragist and social reformer
  • She was born in Portland, Victoria and her family moved to Melbourne in 1877 when she was around eight years old, where she would attend Presbyterian Ladies' College.
  • While not the first to win the right for women to vote, that goes to New Zealand, however Australian women were the first to win, in 1902, both the right to vote and stand for election to the national parliament. One of the women to avail themselves of this opportunity was Vida Goldstein who in 1903 federal election ran as an Independent
  • She followed her mother into the women's suffrage movement and soon became one of its leaders, becoming known both for her public speaking and as an editor of pro-suffrage publications
  • Despite her efforts, Victoria was the last Australian state to implement equal voting rights, with women not granted the right to vote until 1908
  • After women's suffrage was achieved, Goldstein remained prominent as a campaigner for women's rights and various other social reforms
  • She was an ardent pacifist during World War I, and helped found the Women's Peace Army, an anti-war organisation
  • Through the 1890s to the 1920s, Goldstein actively supported women's rights and emancipation in a variety of fora, including the National Council of Women, the Victorian Women's Public Servants' Association and the Women Writers' Club.
  • In 1902, Goldstein represented “Australasian” women at the First International Woman Suffrage Conference in Washington, DC.
  • She actively lobbied parliament on issues such as equality of property rights, birth control, equal naturalisation laws, the creation of a system of children's courts and raising the age of marriage consent.
  • Her writings in various periodicals and papers of the time were influential in the social life of Australia during the first twenty years of the 20th century
  • Leadership and Legacy: Vida Goldstein was a determined leader to many Australian women suffragettes, she was passionate in her works and made sure people heard her opinions. From the start Vida already had her legacy determined, she was going to prove that women should be equal to men.

Professorial Fellow in History, The University of Melbourne, has written an excellent review of the recently published biography of Vida Goldstein

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