How Australia Led The Way

Dora Meeson Coates and British Suffrage

Myra Scott

In 1901, Australia gave women the vote and the right to sit in parliament. Women's suffrage was a major aspect of the new nation's progressive, international thinking. With great vigour, Australian women, Melbourne-born artist Dora Meeson Coates and other Australian women ably involved themselves with the women's movement in Great Britain.
Date Published :
July 2020
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ISBN : 9781925984675
Pages : 140
Dimensions : 8.5 X 9.4 inches
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Soon after its foundation in 1901, the Commonwealth of Australia gave women the vote and the right to sit in parliament. Women’s suffrage was in fact a major aspect of the new nation’s progressive and international thinking. With great vigor, Australian women, including the Melbourne-born artist Dora Meeson Coates, ably involved themselves with the women’s movement in Great Britain. And with astounding presumption, the Australian parliament sent a Resolution to its lofty Westminster counterpart recommending that women’s suffrage be adopted. Here, Myra Scott vividly describes the increasingly violent women’s movement in England, the opposition to it by menfolk generally, the British Prime Minister’s personal bias against it, Australia’s part in this scenario, Meeson’s creative activism—and her rousing Suffrage Banner, which has pride of place in Australia’s parliament house.

About The Author

Having a varied career in early years before marriage and family, Myra Scott completed the BA Hons and MA at Melbourne University in her mid years. The commission in 2002 from the Commonwealth of Australia to record Dora Meeson’s Suffrage Banner when it was placed in the Parliament House, Canberra, to celebrate the centenary of suffrage in Australia, together with overseas research, has spurred a renewed interest in Dora Meeson’s art and political activities relevant for Australia.

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