Union of Australian Women Collection, UQFL193, Box 24, item 42
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The Union of Australian Women was a national organisation, formed in 1950. Its aim was to work for the status and wellbeing of women across the world. It was involved in a wide variety of campaigns that concern women, and networked with other women's community and union groups on such issues. The national branch closed in 1995 and the Queensland branch disbanded in 1999.
Badge with purple background and white feminist or 'woman power' symbol: A raised fist in the centre of the Venus symbol.
The 'woman power' feminist symbol is derived from the feminist movements of the 20th century, particularly that of women's liberation of the 1960s and 70s. The raised fist is a traditional symbol of solidarity and resistance, and appears in the symbolism of a number of counterculture or revolutionary movements, organisations and campaigns. The raised fist in feminist iconography is set within the Venus symbol, which denotes the female gender. In the feminist movement, this symbol is sometimes associated with radical feminism. It featured prominently on the cover of radical American feminist Robin Morgan's anthology 'Sisterhood is Powerful' (1970). Purple, along with green and white, is a colour strongly associated with women's movements.