Henrietta Augusta Dugdale: Australian suffragist honoured by Google

Henrietta Augusta Dugdale, a founder of the first female suffragist society in Australia, has been honoured by Google with a doodle on the search engine’s homepage.

In 1883 she wrote a short book titled A Few hours in a Far-off Age, in which she described “male ignorance” as “the devil” and the “greatest obstacle to human advancement; the most irrational, fiercest and powerful of our world’s monsters”.

The book, a utopian allegory, imagines a society where women have equal rights.

Dugdale also attacked Victoria’s court system for failing to take action on violence against women, writing that “women’s anger” was being “compounded by the fact that those who inflicted violence upon women had a share in making the laws while their victims did not”.

She was credited as one of the women who led Australia to in 1902 become the second country to grant women the right to vote.


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