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Australians Are Joining Women's Organisations After Hillary Clinton's Defeat

"We have an opportunity to make some sweeping changes in collectives together."

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In the week after US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's defeat, Planned Parenthood received "unprecedented" levels of donations as voters feared president-elect Donald Trump might follow through on his vow to defund the nonprofit reproductive health service provider.

On the other side of the world in Australia, the Women's Electoral Lobby enjoyed a 15% boost in membership numbers in the same week.

"We've also seen a spike in people signing up to our newsletter and following us on social media," the lobby's convener Philippa Hall told BuzzFeed News.

Hall said the lobby's members had reacted to the treatment of Clinton during the campaign in the same way they did when former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard made her "misogyny speech" in 2012.

The organisation campaigns for funding for domestic and family violence resources, economic equality between the sexes and the protection of reproductive rights.


"I've been actively campaigning since 1972 and I don't feel that the time has come when it is safe to stop," she said.

Non-profit EMILY's List Australia, which supports progressive Labor women into parliament, also enjoyed an "influx in membership", national coordinator Lisa Carey told BuzzFeed News.

"We've had a lot of people renew their membership, donations and we've also had at least 30 new members in less than a week," Carey said.

Members were joining due to a "mixture of heartbreak and anger" over Clinton's loss, she said.

"It shows that someone who allegedly assaults women, someone who has particularly racist and bigoted views, can actually achieve the highest office in the land."

The organisation supports candidates who support decriminalising abortion in the Australian states where it is still in the criminal code.

"As horrible as it is going to be for the next couple of years we have an opportunity to make some sweeping changes in collectives together."


Gina Rushton is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Gina Rushton at gina.rushton@buzzfeed.com.

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