More than a decade after Don Bradman was the first person, other than royalty, to have their face embossed on an Australian stamp while still alive, a posse of feisty feminists has stepped up to the envelope.On 20th Jan. they put on a typically bravura performance at a news conference in Melbourne to mark being stamped for posterity as \’\’Legends\’\’ in a culture that leans to celebrating sporting prowess over the achievements of agitators.
The recipients of the 2011 Australia Post Australian Legends Award each rose to prominence during the, 1970s, the period during which second-wave feminism flourished around the world, receiving official recognition when 1975 was declared International Women\’s Year by the United Nations. During this decade, they addressed various issues of women\’s inequality in Australia and internationally through their writing, activism, judicial work, advocacy or a combination of these activities.
Eva Cox AO
Eva Cox is a founding member of the Women\’s Electoral Lobby, established in 1972 as a feminist, non-profit, non-party-political organisation dedicated to influencing powerbrokers to adopt policies that would improve the position of women in Australian society.
Elizabeth Evatt AC
Former chief judge Elizabeth Evatt has made her mark through the legal system. The first woman to preside over an Australian federal court, she was the inaugural chief judge of the Family Court of Australia and a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, serving as its chair for two years.
Professor Germaine Greer established her international feminist reputation early in her career, through the publication of The Female Eunuch, which quickly became a bestseller. Arguing for a radical response to patriarchy, the book became a seminal work for second-wave feminism.
Anne Summers AO
Writer and journalist Anne Summer was a co-founder of Elsie, the first women\’s refuge in modern Australia, and wrote the highly influential God\’s Whores and Damned Police: The Colonization of Women in Australia. From 1983 to 1986, she headed the Hawke government\’s Office of the Status of Women, where she was responsible for implementing affirmative action legislation and other reforms.