17. THE WPA PROTESTED AGAINST THE COST OF LIVING 25. THE WPA GREW BEYOND VICTORIA 27. WOMEN'S PEACE ARMY LEAFLETS
FIRST WORLD WAR WOMEN
working for peace in Melbourne 1914-1919
PROLOGUE === 15. === 17. THE WPA PROTESTED AGAINST THE COST OF LIVING
By August 1915 food prices were up by 41%
according to the Commonwealth statistician.============
The procession created a sensation, as this was
the first time in history women had made any sort
of political demonstration in defence of their own
Then the speakers, unemployed women, spoke of
their situation: “Dear Sir, we are here because we
want work, not charity.
My father wouldn’t let me learn a trade or go in
for any profession, because, he said, the home is
the woman’s place, but I lost my home because
the landlord doubled the rent ...
For those of us who have no other source of
income, two days’ work is not enough.”
The Woman Voter 3 June 1915 from
The Argus reported:
Extraordinary scenes were witnessed at Federal
Parliament House yesterday, when a number of
women, headed by Miss Adela Pankhurst,
attempted to storm the House and demand work ...
about one hundred women rushed into the House
shouting “We want work. Adjourn the House.”
Police cleared them out.
It is understood that a number of the women
present had been dismissed from the ammunition
The Argus 3 August 1917