Portrait of Beatrice Phillips as part of the "Wayward Women?" exhibition at Old Treasury Building
Wayward Women? at Old Treasury Building
In the late 19th to early 20th centuries, women who transgressed societal mores were judged harshly. While some prospered, many of them paid dearly for their actions—but not all for nothing. The “Wayward Women?” exhibition at Melbourne's Old Treasury Building follows the stories of 10 women from that period who, either by choice or by force of circumstance, strayed off the well-trodden path of acceptable womanly behaviour. From these womenʼs lives came important changes that helped pave the way for some of the choices we take for granted today. From women who advocated for birth control options to women who were jailed simply for being poor, these stories of wayward women will move and inspire in equal measure.