Australian women ramp up campaign for a republic
The Australian Republic Movement has announced the election of Angela Wilson as its new women's convenor. Ms Wilson will also join the movement’s National Executive, with a key role steering the campaign to a national vote within three years.
"An Australian republic is, above all, about equality," Ms Wilson said.
"Equality of all Australians so that no matter gender, race, religion, postcode, or birthright we all have the ability to become our head of state."
"I'm proud we're able to make this announcement on the eve of International Women’s Day 2019," said Michael Cooney, National Director of the ARM.
"We're bringing our National Women’s Convenor onto our National Executive and into a key role steering the campaign."
"Like many organisations around the country, we are working hard to increase the engagement and membership of women within our ranks," Ms Wilson said.
"To put it very simply – if we want to win a republic referendum in Australia, we have to persuade Australian women."
Angela Wilson, newly-elected ARM National Women’s Convenor, has been the Tasmanian Convenor of the ARM since 2013. Based in Hobart, Ms Wilson is a former Women’s Adviser to the Tasmanian Government, has an honours degree in Gender Studies and Political Science. She has been a passionate advocate for the republic since her teenage years where she gave pro-republic speeches in her hometown on Tasmania’s North West Coast.
"I believe neither men or women should be in a position of authority over Australia just because they were born into the role," Ms Wilson said.
"Australian women had to fight for a democratic vote in elections. Now we need more women joining the fight for the right to a democratically chosen head of state."
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