Badge - Boys Will be Boys, But Girls Will be Women, circa 1980s-1990s Object Reg. No: HT 777

Alternative Name(s): Button

Round green badge with inscription 'Boys Will be Boys, But Girls Will be Women'. Acquired from the Department of Education in 2002.

Badges like this are commonly distributed and worn by protestors who take part in marches, blockades and other public campaigns relating to legislation, government policy or community attitudes. They are often produced by political lobbying groups, and are worn on the day of the protest and afterwards, while the campaign is still current. Sometimes they are supplemented by posters, T-shirts and banners, and other ways of communicating the message. Although this badge is not provenanced to any one individual, it reflects the concerns of the members of the teaching profession during the 1980s and 1990s.
Round plastic coated badge. Green background with black text and symbol for female on the 'o' of 'WOMEN'. Pin attached to back of badge.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Department of Education Education History Unit, 2002
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 5.80 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: feminism, lesbian gay, making history - gay lesbian collection
Themes this item is part of: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Project, Museum Victoria, 2005-2006, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Education
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Printed text: 'boys will/be boys, BUT/GIRLS WILL BE/WOMEN'.
Date Made: Australia, circa 1980s-1990s

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