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‘Outdated Stories’ Advancing Women Newsletter April 2017

In 1888 Louisa Lawson (mother of Henry), founded an influential and ground-breaking feminist paper, The Dawn. The paper played a significant role in promoting legislative changes that affected the lives of Australian women at the turn of the century: the laws on female suffrage, on marriage and divorce, on property ownership, on women’s conditions of work and unionism, on women’s education and equal opportunity in the workforce.

Lawson was a forthright writer and commentator, a truth teller with significant influence amongst women and powerful men alike.

Many of her observations could be made today and reinforce the power of cultural conditioning and its tendency to keep us stuck in a paradigm, a story, which no longer serves us. 

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