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The Dawn: a journal for Australian women (1888-1905) (1888 - 1905)

From
1888
To
1905

Summary

In 1888 Louisa Lawson, who had previously edited the Republican with son Henry, launched The Dawn; a journal for women. The publication's purpose was to be a "phonograph to wind out audibly the whispers, pleadings and demands of the sisterhood". It advised on women's issues, including divorce, the age of consent, and women's right to vote. As well as operating as an important vehicle for the communication of feminist politics the paper also contained short stories, fashion notes, sewing patterns and reports on women's activities around the country and overseas. By October 1889, the Dawn office employed ten women as typesetters, printers, binders, and unskilled workers. They were harassed by male workers, and by their male union, The New South Wales Typographical Association. In 1905, after seventeen years, the publication ceased production.

Sources used to compile this entry: http://www.women.vic.gov.au/owa/owaimages.nsf/Images/CoFHR/$File/CoFHR.pdf accessed 2003-12-12, http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/marx/interventions/suffrage.htm accessed 2003-12-12, http://www.liveandlearn.com.au/Dawn/history.html accessed 2003-12-12 and Roxon, Nicola, 'A woman's political work is never done', The Sunday Age, Sunday Forum, 14 December, p. 15.

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