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Women’s History

Peggy O’Neal, Richmond Football Club President, Made Honorary Doctor of Law

Swinburne University recognised the life and work of Peggy O'Neal, by awarding her an Honorary Doctorate of Law. Her acceptance speech (republished here) spans her formative years in a coal mining town in the Appalachian Mountains to becoming President of the Richmond Football Club – the first woman in AFL history to ever do so. Read her speech in full.

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Zelda’s work as a progressive woman will continue to live on

"I hope it’s neither too cute nor impertinent to say that Zelda was my elder. Not in a familial sense, of course, and not just on the obvious score, in that she was older than me. I mean in a spiritual sense. Zelda was a leader, an authority figure, and I looked up to her, from a reverent distance." Dr. Clare Wright gave this speech at Zelda D'Aprano's Memorial on the 23rd March 2018.

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Zelda D’Aprano was a feminist trailblazer

Zelda D'Aprano was known for her decades of activism for the rights of women. She chained herself to the Commonwealth building in 1969 to protest pay inequality, refused to pay the full tram fare (because women were not paid a full wage) and spoke out against injustice. Here she is in conversation with VWT Board Member Leena van Deventer in 2017.

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