In the strikes of the l890s, women were there and they were active in the anti conscription campaigns in the first world war — already by the l920s a women’s group was calling for equal pay. By l927 an organisation called the Militant Women’s Group (MWG) had been set up. Some of the writing from this group was quite outrageous and shocking and they didn’t seem to care. At that time, George Reeves — a jailed IWW Leader — said, ‘Woman’s place is where she wants to be’ — a slogan taken over by Women’s Liberation forty years later.
Recommended CitationArrowsmith, Irene, Women in Leadership and Support Roles in the Labour Movement, Illawarra Unity - Journal of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 1(4), 1998, 18-22.