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Research interests

  • Australian history
  • Childhood
  • Children's rights
  • Feminism
  • Gender history
  • Girl studies
  • Social movements


Dr Isobelle Barrett Meyering joined Macquarie University in 2018. Her current research project, ‘Contested Childhoods: A History of Children’s Rights in Australia (1959-2013)’, explores how debates over children’s rights have shaped political, social and cultural life across a period of almost sixty years.

Isobelle's previous research focused on the history of Australian feminism, childhood and the family. Her PhD, which she completed at UNSW in 2017, examined ‘children’s liberation’ as a component of Australian feminist politics in the 1970s. She has published work on a range of aspects of Australian feminism, including feminist parenting practices, lifestyle politics and backlash movements.

Prior to joining Macquarie University, Isobelle taught in history and gender studies at UNSW. She also worked as a research assistant at the University of Wollongong (2016-2017) and the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse (2009-2013).

Isobelle is currently the secretary of Oral History New South Wales and a member of the Children’s Research Network at Macquarie University. She was also a founding member of the editorial collective for History in the Making, a national online journal for history students first published in 2012.

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, The University of New South Wales

External positions

Course Convenor, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW Sydney


Research Assistant, University of Wollongong


Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW Sydney


Research Assistant, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, UNSW Sydney


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Projects 2017 2021

Research Outputs 2010 2019

Feminism in Sydney's suburbs: 'speaking out', listening and 'sisterhood' at the 1975 Women's Commissions

Barrett Meyering, I., 2018, In : Australian Feminist Studies. 33, 95, p. 61-80 20 p.

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Germaine Greer's 'arch enemy': Arianna Stassinopoulos' 1974 Australian tour

Barrett Meyering, I., 2016, In : Australian Feminist Studies. 31, 87, p. 43-61 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

women's liberation

Liberating children: The Australian women's liberation movement and children's rights in the 1970s

Barrett Meyering, I., 2013, In : Lilith. 19, p. 60-74 15 p.

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women's liberation
liberation movement
children's rights

"There must be a better way": motherhood and the dilemmas of feminist lifestyle change

Barrett Meyering, I., 2013, In : Outskirts : feminisms along the edge. 28

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Open Access

The 'social processing chamber' of gender: Australian second-wave feminist perspectives on girls' socialisation

Barrett Meyering, I., 10 Apr 2018, A history of the girl: formation, education and identity. O’Dowd, M. & Purvis, J. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 179-200 22 p.

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Isobelle Barrett Meyering (Recipient), 22 Nov 2018


gender studies
women's studies