Mollie Dyer and Maxine Robbins acted on an Indigenous feminist ideal centered around Indigenous women’s esteemed caring roles that implicitly critiqued white feminism. For white feminists liberation would come through escaping domesticity and carework. For Mollie and Maxine, emancipation was never an individual matter and it did not require the abnegation of caring.
This lecture follows the transnational trails of two Indigenous women activists from the United States and Australia as they discovered the ubiquity of Indigenous child removal in their nations as well as Canada in the 1960s and 1970s. By tracking their movements over national borders and across oceans, this paper demonstrates the crucial role that these and other women activists played in Indigenous movements for self-determination in the late twentieth century.