Introduce your students to Vida Goldstein who fought tirelessly as part of the women’s suffrage movement and discover her role in shaping Australia’s democracy.
Vida Goldstein is a key figure in the women’s suffrage movement in Australia. She believed that women’s suffrage was about more than the right to vote, it was about their right to be included as a member of society. To be seen and heard. To be valued as citizens. Vida Goldstein was one of a community of strong and determined women who travelled far and wide to collect nearly 31,000 signatures on a petition for the Women’s Suffragist Movement – in only six weeks – that was presented to the Victorian Government as proof of the need for change. She pushed back against the limited view of democracy and fought hard for equal property rights, raising the age of marital consent, rights for women to access contraception more easily.
Vida Goldstein is an inspiring Australian and your students will love meeting her as she visits Miss Townsend’s class via her time machine!
This resource features the following hands-on and engaging activities:
★ Comprehension text – meet Vida Goldstein when she visits Mrs Townsend’s through her time machine!
★ Comprehension flipbook
★ Suffragette research profile.
★ Summary template
Australian Curriculum Content
ACHASSK134 – Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation and Constitution.
ACHASSK135 – Experiences of Australian Democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants women and children.