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The Womens Rights Movement 1848-1998 The Womens Rights Movement was and continues to be one of the most incredible and inspirational series of events to occur in Australia The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 makes sex discrimination against the law The Act gives effect to Australias obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and parts of International Labour Organisation Convention 156 Its major objectives are to promote equality between men and women eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex marital status or pregnancy and with respect to dismissals family responsibilities and eliminate sexual harassment at work in educational institutions in the provision of goods and service in the provision of accommodation and the administration of federal programs ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT 1977 A History of International Womens Day in words and images by Joyce Stevens The Nineteen Fifties and Sixties The immediate response to the end of the war was one of delirious joy and relief People poured into the streets when peace was announced to sing dance cry and to kiss and hug absolute strangers Peace brought an end to agonising tensions to shortages to the separations and the long hours of work The urgency of returning to normality gripped many like a fever There was a boom in babies and marriages For most women the blessings in the years that followed were mixed indeed The trend to shift many more women in paid work into the textile and clothing industries started before the war ended and this continued Women who had been metalworkers and ironworkers in aircraft and munitions factories found that their mans jobs and mans pays disappeared Rosie the Riveters went back to waiting on tables at not quite pre-war levels of pay Equal pay was reduced to 75 of the male rate Many of the comprehensive full-day nurseries and other child care centres which had appeared during the war disappeared along with federal
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