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You Daughters of Freedom

You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

Democracy Trilogy, Book Two

Clare Wright

  • awardShortlisted, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2019
  • awardShortlisted, University of Southern Queensland History Book Award, Queensland Literary Awards, 2019
  • awardShortlisted, Magarey Medal for Biography, Australian Historical Association, 2020
  • awardLonglisted, CHASS Australia Book Prize, 2019
  • For the ten years from 1902, when Australia’s suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration.

    Clare Wright’s epic new history tells the story of that victory—and of Australia’s role in the subsequent international struggle—through the eyes of five remarkable players: the redoubtable Vida Goldstein, the flamboyant Nellie Martel, indomitable Dora Montefiore, daring Muriel Matters, and artist Dora Meeson Coates, who painted the controversial Australian banner carried in the British suffragettes’ monster marches of 1908 and 1911.

    Clare Wright’s Stella Prize-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka retold one of Australia’s foundation stories from a fresh new perspective. With You Daughters of Freedom she brings to life a time when Australian democracy was the envy of the world—and the standard bearer for progress in a shining new century.


    Senator Penny Wong’s launch speech
    3RRR: Breakfasters
    ABC: The Conversation Hour
    ABC Radio National: Big Ideas 
    ABC Radio National: Big Ideas (with Judith Brett) 
    ABC Radio National: Conversations
    ABC Radio National: Late Night Live
    ABC Radio National: Saturday Extra
    ABC Sydney: Drive (0:30)
    ABC TV: Q & A 
    ANZ LitLovers blog
    Australian ($) ‘You Daughters of Freedom brings some forgotten women into the public discourse again, and we are all the richer for it.’
    Australian Policy & History
    Ballarat Courier
    Better Words podcast 
    The Conversation

    Final Draft
    interview (part one)

    Final Draft interview (part two)
    Guardian: Bookmark This
    Her Canberra
    Julia Gillard podcast   
    Mary Baker Eddy Library podcast 
    onest History 
    Inside Story
    RTR FM
    Spectator ‘Another book to re-invigorate a near-forgotten chapter of history.’
    Sydney Institute: Crafting the Nation: The Story of a Banner, a Bicentennial and a Berth in the Big House of Australian Democracy (lecture)
    Sydney Morning Herald
    Whispering Gums

    Clare Wright
    About the Author

    Professor Clare Wright OAM is an award-winning historian, author, broadcaster and public commentator who has worked in politics, academia and the media. Clare is currently Professor of History and Professor of Public Engagement at La Trobe University. In 2020, Clare was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for ‘services to literature and to...

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    You Daughters of Freedom brings some forgotten women into the public discourse again, and we are all the richer for it.’

    ‘Clare Wright’s You Daughters of Freedom is the uplifting story of a time Australia led the world in including women in our democratic project. It is a reminder of our proud legacy and a clarion call for who we can be.’

    ‘A thrilling tale, superbly told, of brave Australian women with a passion for politics.’

    ‘This book will be brilliant.’

    ‘One of the country’s most accomplished story-tellers relates Australian women’s fight for the vote in all of its passion, intensity and drama.’

    ‘The essential story of our greatest reformers, and one of our proudest achievements as a nation.’

    ‘A rare achievement. Grand, bold and brilliantly written.’

    You Daughters of Freedom relates with sparkle and wit the largely untold story of the trailblazing women who not only dragged recalcitrant male leaders into the new century and won the right to vote but also were at the forefront of the struggle for women’s enfranchisement internationally.’

    ‘Her story of Australian suffragists winning the vote and then running for parliament in 1903 should be required reading in this time of angst over the ‘women problem’ in the federal Liberal Party.’

    ‘I urge you to read it; share it with your family, friend and colleagues; make sure your local library has multiple copies; ditto the local book store and newsagent; put it on the list of you reading group.’


    ‘A celebration of leadership, inspiration, education and sheer individual cheek.’


    ‘When I finish, I want to…hold the book aloft and tell every person I know to read it.’

    ‘A fascinating book that also raises interesting questions about our national culture.’

    ‘An exciting history of a trailblazing campaign.’

    ‘Another book to re-invigorate a near-forgotten chapter of history.’

    ‘Women’s suffrage remains one of young Australia’s finest moments and Wright does its participants proud.’

    ‘Fresh, compelling and devoid of dry or, worse, obfuscating academese.’

    Other editions ofYou Daughters of Freedom
    • You Daughters of Freedom
      ISBN: 9781925626896
      1 October 2018
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    • You Daughters of Freedom
      ISBN: 9781925603934
      1 October 2018