Lilith: A Feminist History Journal

Lilith: A Feminist History Journal is an annual journal that publishes articles, essays and reviews in all areas of feminist and gender history (not limited to any particular region or time period). In addition to publishing research articles on diverse aspects of gender history, Lilith is also interested in publishing feminist historiographical and methodological essays (which may be shorter in length than typical research articles). Submissions from Australian and international early career researchers and postgraduate students are particularly encouraged.

The journal first began publication in Melbourne in 1984. It is the official journal of the Australian Women’s History Network, an organisation dedicated to promoting research and writing in all fields of women’s, feminist and gender history.

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Ownership and management

Lilith: A Feminist History Journal comes under the management of the Australian Women’s History Network (AWHN), an incorporated entity. The AWHN holds an annual general meeting, which includes a report on the management of Lilith.

Lilith is governed by an Editorial Board, which is responsible for journal publishing and business decisions. The Board considers and ratifies all manuscripts submitted by the Managing Editor.

The day-to-day editorial work of Lilith is the responsibility of the Managing Editor, assisted by an editorial collective of postgraduate students and early career researchers.

In 2020, ANU Press became co-publisher of Lilith: A Feminist History Journal with Australian Women’s History Network Inc. Issues published from 2020 are subject to the ANU Press Publishing Ethics and Publishing Malpractice statement. For information on issues published prior to this date, please visit

Publishing schedule

Lilith is published annually mid-year. Special issues may also be published either within or outside the normal production schedule of the journal.


Fully open-access scholarly publication made freely available immediately upon publication. Authors are required to agree with this open-access policy, which enables unrestricted access and reuse of all published papers, with appropriate acknowledgement and citation. Issues from 2020 on are published under the CC BY-NC-ND licence.

Users are allowed to copy and redistribute the material in printed or electronic format and build upon the material, without further permission or fees being required, provided that appropriate credit is given. The copyright page of the journal will have further information on the specific copyright conditions of particular publications.

Copyright and licensing

Lilith: A Feminist History Journal retains copyright over all published journals.

ANU Press retains copyright over all journal layouts and cover designs that have been created by ANU Press. Where ANU Press has not created this content, this is indicated on the copyright page of the publication. ANU Press also retains copyright of all ANU Press logos and the ANU Press webpages.

Authors retain copyright over their papers, unless otherwise agreed or stated. Creators of visual and other materials retain copyright over these materials, including photographs, maps, artworks, graphics, video, audio or any other material that might be included in an online publication.

Permission must be obtained to reuse any content that is not published under a Creative Commons licence or where the use of content is not covered by this licence.

Revenue sources

Copyright Agency remittances for use of copyright material, and remittances from RMIT and ANU Press for sales of Lilith publications. The AWHN may also subsidise costs associated with publishing Lilith (e.g. professional copy-editing services) from their annual membership fees.

Author fees

There are no fees charged to authors for publishing work in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal.

Peer review process

Lilith journal manuscripts are peer-reviewed by experts and academics in the fields or disciplines relevant to the subject matter of the manuscript being reviewed. A rigorous double-blind peer-review process is used for all articles.

The peer-review process is fair, objective and transparent. Where there is a potential conflict of interest, peer reviewers are expected to remove themselves from the commission. (See Peer reviewer responsibilities and Conflicts of interest below.)

Plagiarism and academic misconduct

Lilith takes any allegations of academic misconduct concerning any submitted manuscripts or published papers seriously.

Reviewers or Board members are expected to report any suspected case of misconduct or plagiarism in a submitted manuscript to the Managing Editor or Editorial Board with sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated. Where plagiarism or misconduct is identified, Lilith will act immediately to suspend publication of the manuscript under question and investigate any allegations until a clarification and successful decision or conclusion is reached.

If a member of the public suspects any case of plagiarism or academic misconduct in any of the articles, book reviews or other content in Lilith, we encourage them to notify the journal immediately.

Any allegations will be reviewed by the Editorial Board. Our investigation will include contacting the author/editor of the suspected manuscript or paper to obtain clarification, setting out the respective complaint or claims made.

Author responsibilities

To publish in Lilith, authors must ensure their submitted manuscript meets specific requirements for quality scholarly publications.

The author must warrant that:

  • The submitted manuscript is original, has not been published previously and is not being considered for publication elsewhere in either print or electronic form.
  • The source of any copyright materials in any submitted manuscripts has been acknowledged, cited or quoted and appropriate permissions to use such copyright material have been obtained.
  • The work does not contain any libellous material.
  • Any interests, funding or affiliations that may impact on research findings and the impartiality of the submitted manuscripts are disclosed.
  • They understand the licence conditions applied to their published papers.
  • The submitted manuscripts are in respect of work conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and in compliance with all relevant legislation.
  • The submitted manuscripts will report only accurate and reliable data.

Authors must ensure that all persons who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the submitted manuscript will be listed as co-authors.

If others have participated in certain substantive aspects of the submitted manuscript, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the submitted manuscripts and have agreed to its submission for publication.

All authors must also disclose in the submitted manuscript all sources of financial support for the project that the submitted manuscript is written about in order to inform the Readers about who has funded the research and on the role of the funders in the research.

Peer reviewer responsibilities

Peer reviewers are an essential part of the journal’s scholarly publishing process. They assist the publisher in determining which publications add value to the scholarly debate and ensure the integrity of the scholarly record. Due to the important role played by peer reviewers, it is essential that reviewers conduct reviews in an ethical and accountable manner.

It is the responsibility of the reviewer to:

  • Ensure they can return a review in a timely manner.
  • Declare any conflict of interest before accepting a manuscript for review.
  • Ensure that competing interests are declared to the Managing Editor before accepting a manuscript for review.
  • Read the full manuscript and provide feedback on all articles.
  • Respect the confidentiality of the peer-review process and not use information obtained during the process for their own or another’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.
  • Not involve anyone else in the review process without first obtaining permission from the Managing Editor.
  • Remain unbiased by considerations relating to the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, origins of a manuscript or by commercial considerations.
  • Inform the Managing Editor if they find they do not have the necessary expertise to assess the relevant aspects of the manuscript.
  • Notify the Managing Editor if they suspect any breach of research or publication ethics immediately.
  • Prepare a report for the Managing Editor identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript; providing any advice on revisions, edits, additions or omissions they think are required to improve the manuscript; advise the Editorial Board to accept, revise or reject the manuscript.

Lilith journal employs a rigorous double-blind peer-review model. This model ensures that the authors do not know their reviewers, nor the reviewers the author(s).

Conflicts of interest

Lilith undertakes to remove potential conflicts of interests whether identified before or after publications and expects our editors, authors, editorial board members and reviewers to also be alert to such issues.

Such conflicts may arise from employment, consultancies, stock ownership, affiliations, honoraria, paid expert testimonies, funding arrangements or financial holdings, or grants, patent application/registrations that may raise concerns about potential bias in research findings or editorial decisions.

Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible. If a potential conflict of interest is identified, the relevant party must declare the interest to the Senior Journal Editor or the Editorial Board and remove themselves from the process while the conflict is investigated. In particular:


Managing Editors will:

  • Declare if they have any conflict of interest when receiving a manuscript for consideration.
  • Ensure authors and reviewers report potential conflicts of interest that may influence, or be perceived to have influenced, their research findings and conclusions.
  • Have in place processes for dealing with submissions from themselves and other members of the Editorial Board.
  • Ensure no commercial, advertising or sponsorship arrangements exercise any influence over editorial decisions.


Members of the Editorial Board will declare any conflict of interest before accepting a position on the Board, at the time of submission, declare their interest if they are seeking to publish their own work through Lilith journal.


Authors will declare any potential conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their submitted manuscript to the Journal Editor when they submit a manuscript.


Reviewers will declare any potential conflicts of interest to the Managing Editor prior to undertaking any review.

Retractions and corrections

In the event an error or a case of academic misconduct is not detected until after publication, a retraction or correction will be issued as soon as practicable.

Authors and other interested parties must promptly report errors or inaccuracies in the officially published version of the journal. The Managing Editor or the Editorial Board will be responsible for adding an erratum to the article or book review. The placement of the erratum will be at the discretion of ANU Press and will be made prominent.

Retractions will be issued in cases of academic misconduct, or in the case of major errors that mean a publication’s findings are not reliable. In this case, the publication metadata will remain on the website with a retraction notice stating the reason for the retraction and its date. The authors will cooperate with the Managing Editor or Editorial Board to retract or correct the published version of the article.


Lilith is made available to readers in multiple online formats. ANU Press has also partnered with CLOCKSS to digitally preserve its ebooks and ejournals and future-proof access to these publications.


Editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers and Lilith Editorial Board. Editors will ensure that material submitted remains confidential while under review.

Complaints policy

We take seriously complaints or concerns about Lilith journal, our Editorial Board, our Editors, or the activities or information related to the journal.

All concerns related to errors or suspicion of academic misconduct should be reported in the first instance to the Editorial Board which will follow the procedures outlined in this statement.

Authors who have concerns about the editorial or peer-review process are encouraged to discuss these issues with the Editorial Board.

Concerns about the legal status of Lilith publications, such as copyright, privacy or defamation should be submitted to the Editorial Board. Contact:

Managing Editor

Alison M. Downham Moore (Western Sydney University)

Board Members

  • Dr Jane Carey (University of Wollongong)
  • Dr Sharon Crozier-De Rosa (University of Wollongong)
  • Prof. Ann Curthoys (University of Sydney)
  • Prof. Joy Damousi (University of Melbourne)
  • Dr Lisa Featherstone (University of Newcastle)
  • Prof. Patricia Grimshaw (University of Melbourne)
  • Prof. Victoria Haskins (University of Newcastle)
  • Dr Sianan Healy (La Trobe University)
  • Dr Catherine Kevin (Flinders University)
  • Prof. Marilyn Lake (University of Melbourne)
  • Prof. Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong)
  • Prof. Penny Russell (University of Sydney)
  • Dr Jordana Silverstein (University of Melbourne)
  • Dr Zora Simic (University of New South Wales)
  • Dr Mary Tomsic (University of Melbourne)
  • Prof. Christina Twomey (Monash University)
  • Prof. Angela Woollacott (Australian National University)

Please send article submissions to

Articles should be 6,000–8,000 words in length including referencing. Referencing should be done using the Chicago Manual of Style and footnotes. All submissions should be double-spaced, use Australian-British spelling (see Macquarie Dictionary) and include an abstract of no more than 200 words. An electronic version of the paper should be sent via email, along with a separate document containing a short author biographical statement.

Lilith: A Feminist History Journal: Number 29 »

Publication date: December 2023
The 2023 issue of Lilith showcases the journal’s dedication to encouraging underrepresented voices in historical writing, including early-career scholars, First Nations voices and historians from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Six of the research articles in the issue focus on nineteenth and early twentieth-century topics, with papers on women’s roles in interwar international diplomacy, on Indian prostitution under British colonialism, on the relationship between interracial rape and white femininity on the Australian colonial frontier, on the role of gender in the NSW Shipwreck Society of the late nineteenth century, and on the struggle of women for public lavatories in 1912 Meanjin (Brisbane). Two of the research articles concern more recent histories, with papers on the role of Māori women in feminist movements of the 1970s, and the construction of sexual consent in Dolly Magazine of the late twentieth century. There is also a review essay about global histories of feminism and gender struggle which evaluates several recent such works, reflecting on their methodological innovations and concerns. The edition includes six short book reviews that span a wide range of international and local interests, covering topics such as the digital humanities, the global history of sexual violence, US queer history, Australian queer women’s history, gender in European colonial travel, and the history of the pram in Australia. Several of the articles in the volume concern the international engagement of feminist struggles and intercultural questions in relation to gendered roles in history, while others gesture beyond the concerns of historical studies alone, addressing issues of rape culture, political activism, women’s spaces, and gendered emotions, making valuable contributions to the wider Australian humanities and social sciences. The volume exemplifies the value of balancing international trends in feminist history with the recognition of local episodes in the history of gender struggle, underscoring Lilith's commitment to advancing new forms of feminist historical writing and showcasing innovative research by scholars at diverse career stages.
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Lilith: A Feminist History Journal: Number 28 »

Publication date: December 2022
New research in this issue of Lilith includes studies of feminist vegetarian activism in Victorian England; the lives of Japanese businesswomen in North Queensland before 1941; negotiations of gender amongst women combatants in Tigray, Ethiopia; and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women. Each of the four research articles draws upon new sources and interpretations that shed light on the varied experiences of women within and beyond Australia, often challenging established norms or assumptions about progress. In ‘Vegetarians, Vivisection and Violationism’, Ruby Ekkel explores the centrality of vegetarianism to the activities and lived experience of noted Victorian activist Anna Kingsford. Tianna Killoran’s article ‘Sex, soap and silk’ draws on newly accessible sources in moving beyond traditional narratives that characterise Japanese women in interwar North Queensland as impoverished sex workers. In ‘A Soldier and a Woman’, Francesca Baldwin examines how women combatants in Tigray, Ethiopia, negotiated the connections and collisions between soldiering and womanhood during and after the 1974–91 civil war. Petra Brown and Tamara Kayali Browne’s article ‘Relational Autonomy: Addressing the Vulnerabilities of Women in a Global Pandemic’ explores how the individualistic/atomistic model of autonomy in responses to Covid-19 has disproportionately disadvantaged women. This issue also contains nine short essay responses from experienced gender scholars—including Ann Curthoys, Sharon Crozier-De Rosa, Catherine Kevin, Ann McGrath, Janet Ramsey, Yves Rees, Madeleine C. Seys, Jordana Silverstein, and Zora Simic—to the question ‘What does it mean to do feminism in 2022?’ These essays reveal the political power of feminist history-making, since, as Ann Curthoys argues in her essay, feminist history is itself a form of activism. Taken together, these research articles and essays, along with the editorial, demonstrate the fallibility of the notion of history being a narrative of linear progress without relevance to our current reality. They urge against political complacency about the Covid-19 pandemic, colonialism or women's oppression as existing only in the past.
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Lilith: A Feminist History Journal: Number 27 »

Publication date: December 2021
This year’s issue covers a rich variety of topics in feminist history, including: the role of place and space in feminist and lesbian identity-making in 1970s’ Melbourne; a decolonising approach to writing the history of women and children in Alice Springs; the importance of recipe exchange in kinship networks in seventeenth-century Ireland; an examination of the life of twentieth-century poet’s muse Katie Anna Lush; the political theatre employed by the Australian Women’s Movement Against Socialism in the 1940s; the targeting of wine advertisements at Australian women in the 1950s and 1960s; and an exploration of the processes of power within natural history societies in nineteenth-century South Australia. There are also two articles that form a special section on the topic of the female frame, one on the role of uniforms for women workers in the transport industry, and the other comparing archetypes of the infanticidal mother in fin-de-siècle Australian and France.
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Lilith: A Feminist History Journal: Number 26 »

Publication date: October 2020
The 2020 issue of Lilith features research on a range of feminist history topics, including an exploration of the performativity of temperance activist Bessie Harrison Lee; a critique of how colonial women are represented in Australian museums; a discussion of representations of motherhood in digital archives; a reconceptualisation of the radical nature of women’s political history; an investigation of the role that dress played in encouraging community acceptance of early women preachers in Australia; an inquiry into how fat bodies became a site of resistance of gender norms among rural women in interwar Western Australia; a study of women’s presence on plantations in colonial north Queensland; a survey of ‘moral treatment’ of puerperal insanity among female patients at Fremantle Lunatic Asylum; and an analysis of the coercion of women into domestic service in interwar Britain.
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