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Vida Goldstein Women's Rights

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Vida Goldstein was born in Portland, Victoria in 1869, Vida Goldstein was the eldest of five children, raised in an affluent middle-class home and educated at Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne. Vida’s father was an anti-suffragist (A person who is anti women rights), while her mother was a suffragist. During her life, Vida was an anti-conscriptionist, feminist, newspaper editor, newspaper owner, pacifist, school administers, women activist and women’s suffragist. In the 19th century, a woman's place was in the home. Although a small numbers of women were attending university and creating a career for themselves. Still most women's lives were restricted to the home and the tiring physical work of maintaining a house and raising a family. Women were seen as emotional, weak and unable to make decisions.

Some key events that Goldstein was part of the Harvester Judgement in (1907), Queen Victoria Hospital Appeal (Victoria), Woman Suffrage Petition (Victoria, 1890) and the Women’s suffrage petition also known as the monster petition. (1891)
Vida was one of four female candidates at the 1903 federal election, the first where women were eligible to stand. She advocated for equal property rights, equal pay, the appointment of women to various posts, a raising of the age of consent and the promotion of women's rights in general.
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From the 1880s and through the 1890s each Australian colony had at least one suffragette society. These societies published leaflets; organised debates, public meetings and letter-writing campaigns; and arranged deputations with members of their colonial parliaments. In 1891, suffragettes including Vida Goldstein gathered 30,000 women's signatures and presented them as a petition to the Victorian Parliament. In 1894, Mary Lee and others presented a petition from 11,600 women in South Australia and the Northern
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