‘A landmark work in the history of feminism’

Marilyn Lake launched Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia at the Melbourne City Bowling Club, before a large and enthusiastic audience of historians and members of NCWA on Sunday 11 October 2015.

Marilyn hailed the book as ‘a landmark work in the history of feminism in this country that also transforms our understanding of Australian history, politics and society more broadly’, one that ‘achieves that difficult balance necessary to a project such as this between deep respect for the women whose lives, aspirations and experience it records and the clear sighted analysis necessary to the development of critical historical argument’.

Read the full speech.

Respectable Radicals is written by Judith Smart and Marian Quartly, and published by Monash University Publishing.