Henrietta Augusta Dugdale
Henrietta Augusta Dugdale (1827-1918) was a radical, free-thinking feminist. In 1884 she took office as inaugural President of the Victorian Women’s Suffrage Society, convinced that the vote would help women achieve equal social, legal and political privileges with men. She believed that progress and the perfectibility of humankind were achievable through reason and the co-operation and equality of the sexes.
Women’s equal justice campaign begins
The first public demand for equal justice for women is reported to be made by feminist Henrietta Augusta Dugdale in a letter to the Melbourne Argus. Her letter was written in response to debate on a Married Women’s Property Bill. Signing the letter ‘ADA’, Dugdale made a plea for the complete revision of marriage law, which was unjust to women.