Just finished watching ‘Utopia Girls“! It could be considered a simplified view of the Australian Suffragettes (at times I felt I was watching a school video) however, it was packed to the gills with information that most have limited knowledge of.
In case you don’t know, Australia was the second nation in the world, after New Zealand, to enable women to vote. The first state to acquiesce was South Australia in 1894!! It was 1908 when Victoria, one of the last hold outs, finally enabled women to place their opinions in the political fray. It would be a full 12 years before the US would do the same and another 8 before the UK would concede.
It’s something that this country in all it’s modern day problems should hold onto and be proud of (have you heard? we’re drunk, dumb and racist) . Poor Vita, one of the heroes of this movement, sadly had little fanfare upon her death. Australia had already forgotten all the work these women (and some men) had done for us. Though I feel that had Vida Goldstein passed now, the information vacuum that is the Internet would have reversed and spat out to endless essays on the valuable work done and achieved by Goldstein and her compatriots. I’m not sure whether that’s any better, over-saturation = low comprehension in a lot of cases.
Utopia Girls can be screened on ABC’s Iview within Australia. Outside of Australia you may have to find illegal means to acquire it but it’s worth a watch if just to inspire us all to read more about them. My next step is to read about New Zealand’s fight, I bet there’s a brilliant story there.