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Sisters in suits : women and public policy in Australia / Marian Sawer
Bib ID 203632
Format BookBook
Author
Sawer, Marian, 1946-
 
Description Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 1990 
xvii, 277 p. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 0046100210 (paperback)
Summary

This book describes how Australian feminists took advantage of opportunities presented in the 1970s and 1980s to make inroads into the bureaucracy. There is an analysis of the bureaucratic and gender policits involved, as well as the relatinoship between the 'femocrats' and the women's movement outside. The book also looks at the interplay between the domestic and the international areana - the ways in which Australian women sought to strengthen international mechanisms for raising the status of women and how this in turn reinforced domestic initiatives. It highlights the unique character of the women's budget process as a means of auditing government impact on women and looks at the changing political environment that can affect feminist gains. The book draws on extensive interviews with the women who went into government and tells the story of their victories and defeats. It brings to life the dilemmas facing feminists working through government, particularly in an era of managerialism and economic rationalism.

Notes

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 257-265.

Subjects Women -- Government policy -- Australia.  |  Women's rights -- Australia.  |  Feminism -- Australia.  |  Employment - Labour market - Women.  |  Community organisations - Womens organisations.  |  Health status - Womens health - Maternal health.  |  Attitudes - Indigenous perspectives.  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Women.  |  Race relations - Racial discrimination - Women.  |  Politics and Government - Social justice.

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