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Goldstein, Vida (1869 - 1949)

Activist and Editor


Goldstein was the president of the feminist Women's Federal Political Association. She stood as an Independent Woman Candidate for the Senate in 1910, and for the House of Representatives in 1913 and 1914. She was chairperson of the Australian Peace Alliance in 1914 and led its radical wing into the new Women's Peace Army, which she helped found in 1915. She was owner-editor, by turn, of Women's Sphere and the Woman Voter.

See Australian Women's Archives Project


Book Sections

  • Milner, Andrew, 'Radical Intellectuals: an unacknowledged legislature?', in Verity Burgmann and Jenny Lee (eds), Constructing a culture: a people's history of Australia since 1788, McPhee Gribble/ Penguin Books, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 259-84. PDF Details

Newspaper Articles

  • 'Women's Political Association', The Woman Voter, 11 December 1912, p. 1. Image PDF Details
  • 'To the Women of Kooyong', The Woman Voter, 28 July 1914. Image PDF Details
  • Goldstein, Vida, 'By way of introduction', The Woman's Sphere (Melbourne), vol. 1, no. 1, September 1900. Image PDF Details
  • Goldstein, Vida, 'Open Letter of Members of the Commonwealth Parliament', The Woman Voter, 1916. Image PDF Details
  • Goldstein, Vida, 'Manifesto. Australian Women's Peace Army. Conscription. Vote NO.', The woman voter, 5 October 1916. Image PDF Details
  • Goldstein, Vida, 'Senate Election Manifesto of The People's Candidate, Miss Vida Goldstein', The woman voter, 3 May 1917. Image PDF Details


  • Goldstein, Vida; John, Cecilia, and Pankhurst, Adela, The Social Evil; Women's Convention, May 6 1916, Women's Political Association, Melbourne, 1916. Image PDF Details