How Australian Women Worked for. Freedom
Maoriland Worker, Volume 8, Issue 919, 21 February 1917, Page 7
How Australian Women Worked for . Freedom
I Lave always believed that aofcbiag could withstand a concerted and do* tarmined effort on the part of any considerable nuinbar of the women of any country; but iii this connection lot mc cay that in almost all movements amongst women, the leaders have to contend with the inertia born, of the traditional limitation of woman's sphere. la the recent fight in Australia the women threw off the age-old shackles and with heart and soul joined their husbands and brothers io %he great battle for freedom. For weeks past we had been reading in Australian papers of thronged meetings addressed (by women, of lectures and debates; and everywhere the women speakers carried conviction and won enthusiastic applause. In Melbourne, where a group of fearless women, led by Vida Goldstein and Adela P&nkiturst, had done magnificent work, the crowning effort wa9 a women'a pageant and demonstration. A writer in the Australian "Socialist" describes- the pageant as follows:— The women's pagoanfc and demonstration on Saturday last will lire long in the memory of all who witnessed it* It was certainly a remarkable epeotscal. Though somewhat in_ the know as to 'the inside managerial enthusiasm that was being manifested, this paper confesses that the realisation, in its gigantic success,' amazed it and etaggered it. But one word can describe the spectacle, and that is "wonderful." With no Press help whateyoc, and tout lifctfo organised effort the womenfolk spontaneously threw themselves into tlicir special exhibition of solidarity> and to the-extent of many thousands marched in a procession such-aS'-never has 'been scan, in Melbourne. X hope the day is not fat' distant when New Zealand men and women ■will not only have an opportunity of raying whether men oro to bo torn from their homes, fcut will also bo given an opportunity of saying whether we are either to prepare for or engage in warn. When this oppoffEanity arrives I believe UiG men and women of ihis land •will riso to.the occasion as our Australian cousins have done, recognising that no more vital qoestaon iias erar been submitted to the people-of-any country.