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White Anxieties And The Articulation Of Race: The Women’S Movement And The Making Of White Australia, 1910s–1930s, Jane L. Carey Jan 2009

White Anxieties And The Articulation Of Race: The Women’S Movement And The Making Of White Australia, 1910s–1930s, Jane L. Carey

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers

This chapter examines the racial anxieties at work in the Australian women’s movement in the early 1900s, focussing on campaigns and organisations aimed at increasing and ‘improving’ the white population on the one hand and discussions of the ‘Aboriginal problem’ on the other. It particularly examines the activities of the National Council of Women, the largest women’s group of this period, and the Australian Federation of Women Voters, a smaller but highly influential organisation, as well as local groups which emerged to further these causes. Specifically, it explores efforts to promote immigration from Britain, which went alongside eugenic ...