A Feminist a Day: Margaret Whitlam

Who is she?

whitlamMargaret Whitlam was a social worker, author and champion swimmer, who represented Australia in the 1938 Empire Games. She was also the wife of former Australian Prime MInister Gough Whitlam.

Margaret was an outspoken “first lady”, who advocated publicly for issues such as abortion law reform. She copped a lot of criticism for being a proactive wife of a PM, but didn’t let it faze her. She wrote a column for Woman’s Day magazine and appeared regularly on radio and TV.

Why should we thank her?

Margaret was a very different PM’s wife from all the women who had preceded her and she was an active campaigner for women’s issues.

Best quote

“What am I to do? Stay in a cage – wide open to view, of course – and say nothing? That’s not on, but if I can do some good I’ll certainly try.”

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A Feminist a Day: Margaret Whitlam

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