A TRIBUTE TO FEISTY GRANDMOTHERS

13 Apr 2020 5:00 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

Past president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Trigg, writes in The Conversation about her experiences of being a grandmother and the impact of education, employment and leadership on her and her cohort of feisty 1970s feminists.  It is an extract from an anthology of essays by an impressive selection of 24 21st Century grandmothers.

We know about those 1970s feminists – many were and still are BPW members.  They may be grandmothers, but they are still social activists, seeking to make a difference for their daughters and granddaughters and all their peers. They fought for pay equity, and the laws were changed, but we are still fighting to make it real today.   Their work is not finished.

Many of this generation of grandmothers from the 50s, 60s and 70s spent their formative years at university with free or minimal fees, marching against Vietnam, experimenting with sexual liberation, burning their bras and “making love not war”. They were experienced political activists, capable advocates for women's human rights, and generous mentors to the generations who followed and built upon the foundation they worked hard to create. And many still are.

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  • 28 Apr 2020 4:50 PM | Linda Fazldeen
    Well said Gillian Trigg. As one of those women who have been marching in the streets (now for IWD) since the 70's, I'm always surprised that it is still necessary - but we will never give up - as once we were marching for recognition of equal rights and pay for ourselves, then for our daughters and now for our granddaughters.
    We follow in the footsteps of other women who did it a lot tougher than we do. Respect to them.
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