Womens Rights are Democratic Rights!

[Broadcast on Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1) at noon on Friday, 6 Mar 2015. A special thnx to Nicole (announcer) and Nathan (panelling) for doing the show and for Eliza’s input on the LNP organising International Women’s day at a mens club, Tattersalls in Queen Street Mall.]

The women’s movement has a long history dating back to socialist activists trying to obtain suffrage for women and seek worker control for women in factories. Before the first world war, suffragettes took direct action to obtain power and control over their own lives. In 1978 women in Brisbane marched for equal rights at work, the right to free safe abortion and for education. Ian provides an historic tape of all  singing, all marching women confronting the Bjelke-Petersen government. Andy has a frank discussion with three women activists at the Maules Creek blockade against coal companies exploitation of country. They discuss everything from ‘locking on’ to sexist farmers.

Listen to PShift here … http://ondemand.4zzzfm.org.au/paradigm-shift/2015-03-06

Ian’s recording of women’s democratic rights struggles in the 1970s is also on soundcloud:

Virginia Sook – Soil, seeds, bellies
Fiona Apple – Werewolf
Speedy Ortiz – Tiger Tank
Sleater-Kinney – A new wave

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