Gender history in Australasia readings

Woman reading (Kuroda Seiki), circa 1890. Image courtesy of Tokyo National Museum.

These reading lists are provided as a resource to academics, students, international scholars not familiar with Australian scholarship, and the community at large. They can be used to delve into new research topics, or to add feminist or gendered perspectives into course content. It is also a means of promoting the incredibly rich scholarship that has been and continues to be produced in Australia on gender history, much of it by our members.

If there are further readings you think should be added to the list, please advise us via email:

Readings are organised into the sub-themes below:

Activism, Politics and Suffrage

Australia in the World, Travel and International Relations

Colonialism and Indigenous Australians


Crime and Criminal Justice


Family and Home


Femininity and Feminism

Health and Disease

Historical Practice, Method and Public History

Labour and Economics

Literature, Art and Film



Migration and Ethnicity

Music, Dance and Performance

Poverty, Welfare and Class

Recreational Culture


Sexuality, Reproduction and Bodies

Urban and Rural Environments



Youth and Childhood