As the 1970s began, homosexuality was illegal, and women couldn’t drink in many public bars, secure home loans or easily divorce. There were no refuges. In her new book, Michelle Arrow makes the powerful argument that it was only when ordinary, private voices were heard publicly that the social ground shifted.

You can read my review of Arrow’s fascinating book The Seventies: The personal, the political and the making of modern Australia, online here at The Monthly.

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