Blog post from Sunday, 8 March, 2015

Today is International Women’s Day which has been celebrated on 8 March every year since 1911. Australian woman Vida Goldstein (1869-1949) was the first woman in the British Empire to stand for Parliament (in 1903). Australian women’s right to vote in the federal elections had only just been won the year before, in 1902.

Miss Goldstein was a staunch supporter and vocal member of the women’s suffrage movement. Miss Goldstein published and edited The Australian Woman’s Sphere which, as Miss Goldstein pointed out, was not to be “a dull paper”

The State Library of New South Wales has digitised a collection of The Australian Woman’s Sphere for our Visionaries project.