We are in the midst of a period of revived feminist activism, from #nastywomen hashtags to pink-knitted pussyhats. This new centring of feminism has seen pop stars from Beyoncé to Miley Cyrus, Delta Goodrem to Tina Arena readily embrace the word. This popularity is a marked shift from the heyday of second-wave feminism during the 1970s when ‘feminist’ was often a scorned label.
If the 'soundtrack of feminist activism' now draws on such pop hits as Beyoncé’s 'Flawless' (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) or 'QUEEN' by Janelle Monáe (ft. Erykah Badu), what would be the soundtrack of Australian feminist activism of the 1970s? We’ll take a look at three tracks from the small output of recorded music produced by all-women bands that came out of the second-wave feminist movement in Australia. From early all-female rock groups such as Mystical Miss to feminist jug bands like Shameless Hussies, women’s music groups were integral to the Women’s Liberation movement in Australia, but only a handful of over 120 bands were able to release recordings.