Freedom to Vote, Freedom to Choose
Clare Wright & Elizabeth Kleinhenz with Sally Warhaft at Woodend Community Centre

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Forest Street, Woodend, Vic 3442
Woodend Community Centre

Stella prize winning author Clare Wright in You Daughters of Freedom gives us the epic story of the late nineteenth century feminist struggle for women to gain the vote, through the stories of five amazing Australian suffragists. The life of another remarkable women, Germaine Greer, arguably one of the most significant and influential women of her time, is chronicled in Elizabeth Kleinhenz’s Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer.


Clare Wright is an award-winning historian and author who has worked as an academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. Her most recent book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize and the 2014 NIB Award for Literature and was shortlisted for many other awards.

Elizabeth Kleinhenz was born in Melbourne, where she has spent most of her life. She enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Victorian Education Department as a teacher and administrator. In 2001 she joined the Australian Council for Educational Research and recently retired from the position of senior research fellow. Elizabeth is the author of A Brimming Cup: The life of Kathleen Fitzpatrick, which was her PhD thesis.

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.