Timeline: the women’s movement

08 Mar

From The Worker, November 1920

Timeline: the women’s movement – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Australia, the land of blokes and sheilas, was surprisingly progressive, and shortly after Federation the government passed an act to allow women to both vote and stand in the 1903 federal election.

In fact, Australia was the first country to allow women to run for parliament.

It’s sad that the leadership of Lutheran Germans who came to this country, as a result of world conflict, still haven’t adapted to the more progressive attitudes of the nation at large.  It’s a wonderful example of irrelevance to the rest of the nation.

This collection of photos and cartoons, while humorous and telling, is cause for ongoing grief for women in the LCA who are deemed unfit for pastoral leadership.  The longer this situation remains, the less relevant the LCA becomes.


Posted by on March 8, 2012 in history, women's ordination


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3 responses to “Timeline: the women’s movement

  1. PIchi

    March 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I’ve recently become aware that the (male, of course) ordained clergy in the LCA don’t seem to be getting the pastoral support they need, either, which seems to be a sign of the infection spreading. We need to support each other in ministry, in the fullest way possible. Acknowledging the call and equipping of women, ordained to pastor in the LCA is a start.

    • Katie and Martin

      March 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

      You are right. It does seem the case that if clergy are not coping they are left to fend for themselves. The Church doesn’t seem to know what to do with clergy in need. There is no process!

      If there were women clergy who male clergy could confide in, we would assume that the mental health of the pastorate would improve. We’re not saying that only men have mental health issues, however, it’s often the case that men will acknowledge fears and fragility to a woman, whereas they may not confess such ‘weakness’ to another male. Mental health is often something that individuals need assistance with and men are not always experienced as ‘safe’ to confide in.


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