‘Virtually a victory': The Australian Woman’s Sphere and the mainstream press during Vida Goldstein’s 1903 Federal candidature

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Walker, Natasha and Dewhirst, Catherine. 2021. "‘Virtually a victory': The Australian Woman’s Sphere and the mainstream press during Vida Goldstein’s 1903 Federal candidature." Dewhirst, Catherine and Scully, Richard (ed.) Voices of Challenge in Australia’s Migrant and Minority Press. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 193-219
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‘Virtually a victory': The Australian Woman’s Sphere and the mainstream press during Vida Goldstein’s 1903 Federal candidature

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleVoices of Challenge in Australia’s Migrant and Minority Press
AuthorsWalker, Natasha (Author) and Dewhirst, Catherine (Author)
EditorsDewhirst, Catherine and Scully, Richard
Page Range193-219
SeriesPalgrave Studies in the History of the Media
Chapter Number10
Number of Pages27
Year2021
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783030673291
9783030673307
ISSN2634-6575
2634-6583
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67330-7_10
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-67330-7_10
Abstract

Vida Goldstein was one of the first women in the world to stand for national election on equal footing with men in Australia in 1903. Her feminist newspaper, The Australian Woman’s Sphere (1900–1905), documents much of her political campaign but also reveals a remarkable interplay with the mainstream press. This chapter explores how white women and men negotiated the sudden shared space of a Federal election through the way two newspapers from the potent world of the Melbourne press, The Age and The Argus, portrayed and misrepresented Goldstein’s aims and policies. Examining the reactions to her candidature and the controversies surrounding her campaign, including the 'fiscal question' and the 'ticket' problem, and her own responses, provides insights into the unexplored interaction between the three newspapers. While exposing gender inequality and discrimination, the dialogue between Goldstein’s newspaper and the two dominant dailies reflects the voices and experiences of the first-wave feminist movement, and its detractors, during a moment of major social and political transformation.

KeywordsVida Goldstein, feminist press, mainstream press, Federal Election 1903, first-wave feminists movement
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430302. Australian history
430309. Gender history
430399. Historical studies not elsewhere classified
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Journal TitleCatherine Dewhirst and Richard Scully (eds), Voices of Challenge in Australia’s Migrant and Minority Press
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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