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How Powerful We Are: Behind the scenes with one of Australia's leading activists

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'Incisive, blistering and tender. Sally is one of our most valiant warriors.' - Clementine Ford, author of FIGHT LIKE A GIRL and BOYS WILL BE BOYS

'Proof that the personal is always political - and love really can save the world.' - Jamila Rizvi, author of NOT JUST LUCKY

'Rugg's passion and insight make for a propulsive tale' - Sydney Morning Herald

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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Hachette Australia
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Carly Findlay
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellently written, well researched book on the Marriage Equality campaign. It details Sally’s work at GetUp, as well as many people throughout history who fought for LGBTIQA rights. It is angry yet gentle - an insight into just how fucked up the postal survey was, and how much work went on to bring the yes vote.

I liked how Sally wrote about the impact of the postal survey on LGBTIQA+ people, their children and families, and how she noted that there are many other LGBTIQA+ issues to give
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Malcolm McPherson
A friend is planning to marry her partner next year but she is uncertain whether it matters. Her son is keen. He has seen up close and personal how his mothers have been discriminated against because they were not married - and could not be. Another dear friend, a gay middle eastern man, told me a couple of months ago that marriage equality is unimportant except to Thai ladyboys who want to look fabulous on their wedding day. After fourteen years, I am still having these conversations. But I can ...more
Melanie Jane
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Brilliant.
Sally really captured the shit fight that is and was our government. I am now married to my wife, thanks to the whole LGBTQI+ community and everyone who was involved in getting us there. What a monumental effort. We still have a long way to go.
I encourage everyone who doesn’t fully understand the topic to have a read.
Amy
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look behind the scenes of the hard work it took to get a Yes majority back in the marriage equality postal survey.
Yasmin
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-can-lend
An important contemporary telling of the social movement to marriage equality in Australia. This captures the spirit and stories of people and the LGBTIQ community, and it’s written with feel.
Nicky
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Erin
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superb in every single way

This book is an incredible and in-depth look into the fight for marriage equality. Sally Rugg paints a picture that is inspiring and heart wrenching, and completely perfect.
This book is an absolute must read for any LGBTQI Australian, who will no doubt feel a deep and indelible connection to the words and emotions in these pages. Not only, any other Australian would gain so much from reading this book, learning and experiencing such a personal and visceral story will
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Dipesh Karatha
Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
A book written by a paid white Getup campaigner (this matters because those of us in the community who were the NO campaign’s target didn’t have this type of resourcing or support) complaining extensively about how sexism hurt her yet openly admitting her campaign strategy was to throw trans people under the bus to win the marriage equality plebiscite. An uneven and self obsessed book that jumps around to much to keep interest. Reading this made me respect Going Postal even more which I read ...more
Carmel
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an important book! Thank you Sally Rugg - that was amazing. You made me think, you made me remember- the good, the not so good and the funny You taught me things and showed alternative ways of looking at this very challenging (and triumphant) chapter in our history. And most importantly of all thank you for your words that led to tears of joy at the outcome and tears of sadness for the pain experienced by our LGBTIQ community. I highly recommend this book! ...more
Kate Walton
Amazing, amazing, amazing. A great insight into the campaign for marriage equality in Australia.
Julia
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant. Intelligent, articulate, thoroughly researched, honest, entertaining and engaging.
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