Women's Groups 2013 - Modern Women's Club

Modern Women's Club

Purpose of the group

The club was founded by Katharine Susannah Prichard as a discussion group for intelligent women. Group meetings provided a forum for interesting subjects.

The Modern Women’s Club began as a coalition of women from the Communist Party and Australian Labor Party’s Council Against War and Fascism. Women from all sides of politics were welcome to join the club but it was considered to be quite militant at the time.

One of the club’s key areas of concern was peace—the group was founded the year before World War II. Other priorities were equal pay, women’s rights and citizenship rights for indigenous Australians.

Time period

The Modern Women’s Club was founded in 1938, coincidentally the year International Women’s Day events were held in Perth. In the 1950s, the club recognised the Union of Australian Women was meeting the same needs for women and two clubs were not necessary. The Modern Women’s Club donated its assets to the Union of Australian Women’s WA branch.

Key achievements

None given.

Key people and positions in the group

  • Katharine Susannah Prichard was a founding member.
  • Other significant women were Annette Cameron, Roma Gilchrist, Irene Greenwood, Fanny Williams and Joan Williams.

Sources

  • Joan Williams Papers 1934–1999. Available from State Library of WA (call number ACC 5425A).
  • The Australian Women’s Register: http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/AWE0809b.htm.


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American Women's Club of Perth (AWC)
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Combined Equal Pay Committee/WA Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity
Community Midwifery WA
Country Women’s Association (CWA)
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Grapevine/Perth Wimmin’s Collective
Gretel Club of Perth (Inc)
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Incest Survivors Association (Inc.)
Inner Wheel Australia
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Kalgoorlie Auxiliary of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
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Mining Mums
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Warrawee Women’s Refuge
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