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Transcript of Vida Goldstein
As a young adult Vida was recruited as a "signature collector" for a women's suffrage petition. She stayed on the edge of women's rights movements through the 1890s because she was primarily interested in her school and other activities such as the National Anti-Sweating League. She got some experience with women's situation with legal rights through these jobs, which came in handy later in her career.
She met a lady named Annette Bear-Crawford with whom she campaigned and organised an appeal for the Queen Victoria hospital for women. In 1903, with the help of the Australian Women's Federal Political Association, as an independent, ran for the Australian senate and became the first woman in the British Empire to stand for election into national parliament.
During the first world war she was a pacifist and became chairman of the Peace alliance and Formed the women's peace army in 1915. Vida never married and lived her last years with her unmarried sister Eileen and her widowed sister Elsie. She died on the 15 of august 1959 in South Yarra. she died of cancer. She was only 80.
Vida Jane Mary Goldstein was born in Portland, Victoria on the 13th of April 1869 and was the eldest child of Jacob and Isabella Goldstein.
Her father was an irish immagrant who was officer in the Victorian Garrison artillery and her mother was a suffragist and worked for social refom.
Vida was one of five children. Her siblings names were Elsie, Eileen, Lina, and one brother, Selwyn.
Her mum was a Suffragette, but her dad was an anti-suffragette.
A special tree was planted in the grounds of the Victorian Parliament to honour her achievements
An electorate (voting area) in Melbourne is named after her.
The Goldstein family lived in Warnabool, Portland and Melbourne. Vida was a well educated young lady, as a governess was hired and later she was sent to Presbyterian Ladies College in 1884 and she finished in 1886.
When her families money was running low because of the depression, Vida and her sisters Eileen and Elsie ran a co-ed school in their family home in St Kilda. The Ingleton School ran for 6 years.
She actively lobbied parliament on things such as birth control, naturalisation equality, marriage age consent and other similar issues.
she ran for parliament in 1903, 1910, 1913, 1914 and 1917.
she rallied for gender equality.
and finally, was a suffragette.
For social Equality
Continued even more
She received a total of 51,497 votes (almost 5% of total votes) but didn't get a seat. she then concentrated on women's education and political organisation, which she did through the WPA (Women's Political Association). She stood for parliament again in 1910, 1913 and 1914, and the final time, in 1917, stood for a senate seat for the principal of international peace, lost some votes.