Saturday, January 29, 2011

Feminist Icons Honored on Australian Stamps

Farah Farouque of the Sydney Morning Herald reports four women have been "stamped for posterity as 'Legends' in a culture that leans to celebrating sporting prowess over the achievements of agitators."

Germaine Greer, Eva Cox, Elizabeth Evatt, and Anne Summers were chosen as Australian Legends for their commitment to gender equality as part of the Australia Day celebrations and will appear on an new Australia Post stamp series.

The women rose to prominence in the 1970s, addressing women's inequality in Australia and overseas through writing, activism, judicial work and advocacy according to the article.

Germaine Greer expects news that her face will grace an Australia Post stamp will receive a mixed reaction.

According to a separate article, she is quoted as saying, "You might find it (the stamp) on lavatory systems all over Australia. One little stamp of an old lady."

The Australia Post 'Australian Legends Award' began 14 years ago when Sir Donald Bradman became the first living person, other than a ruling monarch, to be featured on an Australian stamp.

Shown above, (from left to right) Germaine Greer, left, Eva Cox, Anne Summers and Elizabeth Evatt.

Click here to read the article by Farah Farouque along with a video about the "feisty feminists" and their new stamps.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM