The Women’s Liberation Movement prospered in Australia during the 1970s. Labour and Liberal governments of the time responded to the feminist movement by adopting policies that took into account the issues of women, as the significance and power of the women’s vote was advertised through meetings and the Women’s Liberation Movement.
Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL)
The Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) was formed in 1972 to ensure that electoral promises made to women by politicians were held to their word. Women’s Electoral Lobby has been an extremely successful organisation and powerful voice and leader in the campaign for women’s right. The organisation has interviewed, lobbied and surveyed the political parties of Australia on significant issues that affected women such as childcare, health issues, family planning and employment. The WEL also encouraged women to enter parliament and to be promoted to higher government roles.
Germaine Greer was one of the most significant feminist of the time and her work energised and gave focus to the Women’s Liberation Movement in Australia and overseas. Greer actively opposed traditional ideology regarding women. She analysed the role of women in society and argued that women were not treated equally and that history, art and literature celebrated a male world where women were not acknowledged.