Alice Henry

Alice Henry
Alice Henry

(1857-1943)

Alice was almost certainly the first woman journalist in Australia to be taken on to a newspaper staff and trained on the job when she joined the Australasian in the 1880s.

She became one of Australia’s most prominent feminists and social reformers.

Her journalism championed the causes of juvenile courts, women’s hospitals, proportional representation, epileptic colonies, care for the handicapped and labor reform.

In 1905, she went to the United States for 30 years, achieving prominence as secretary of the Chicago branch of the National Women’s Trade Union league and editor of the League’s journal Life and Labor.

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