Famed international author brings story of one woman’s heroism to Mandurah

Important story: Robert Wainwright will bring the story of Ms Matters and her activism to Mandurah on April 20. Photo: City of Mandurah.

Important story: Robert Wainwright will bring the story of Ms Matters and her activism to Mandurah on April 20. Photo: City of Mandurah.

In 1909 a young Australian actress made headlines around the world when she took to the sky over the British Houses of Parliament in an airship emblazoned with the slogan "Votes for Women".

When prevailing winds forced her to sail around London instead, she dropped leaflets all over the city. The American media declared it to be the worlds first aerial protest.

A year earlier, Muriel Matters, who became known as 'that daring Australian girl', became the first woman to make a speech in Parliament after chaining herself to a brass grille to protest against women being segregated in the Parliament.

Now journalist and author Robert Wainwright is launching a book on Matters’ life, in which he discovers an extraordinary woman full of intelligence, passion, and bravery who fought for women's rights in a world far from equal.

The London-based Author launches the book at Mandurah Library on Thursday April 20 from 12pm.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information ant to book, call 9550 3650 or go to the City of Mandurah’s website.

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