Goldstein, Vida

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Goldstein, Vida Gender: F
Vida Jane Mary Goldstein 
born on 13 April 1869 at 18:30 (= 6:30 PM )
Place Portland, Australia, 38s21, 141e36
Timezone LMT m141e36 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 23°28' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 08°12 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 14°58'

Vida Goldstein


Australian suffragist and social reformer who was one of four female candidates at the 1903 federal election, the first at which women were eligible to stand.

Goldstein followed her mother into the women's suffrage movement and soon became one of its leaders, becoming known both for her public speaking and as an editor of pro-suffrage publications. Despite her efforts, Victoria was the last Australian state to implement equal voting rights, with women not granted the right to vote until 1908.

In 1903, Goldstein unsuccessfully contested the Senate as an independent, winning 16.8 percent of the vote. Goldstein ran for parliament a further four times, and despite never winning an election won back her deposit on all but one occasion. She stood on left-wing platforms, and some of her more radical views alienated both the general public and some of her associates in the women's movement.

After women's suffrage was achieved, Goldstein remained prominent as a campaigner for women's rights and various other social reforms. She was an ardent pacifist during World War I, and helped found the Women's Peace Army, an anti-war organisation.

Goldstein maintained a lower profile in later life, devoting most of her time to the Christian Science movement. Her death passed largely unnoticed, and it was not until the late 20th century that her contributions were brought to the attention of the general public.

Despite many suitors, she never married and she lived in her last years with her two sisters. Vida Goldstein died of cancer at her home in South Yarra, Victoria on 15 August 1949, aged 80.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from That Dangerous and Persuasive Woman: Vida Goldstein by Janette M. Bomford (Melbourne Univ., 2016): "Vida Jane Mary Goldstein (she never used her middle names) was born at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday 13 April 1869. She was the first child of Isabella and Jacob Goldstein who had married the previous year."


  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Vocation : Military : Pacifist/ Objector (Pacifist)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist (Suffragist)
  • Vocation : Politics : Candidate and lost (Several times)
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Left-wing, independent)