The theme of women and power is one that has been a constant element in American feminist theory since the resurgence of the women's movement in the 1960's. In this paper I hope to contribute to this ongoing discussion, using as my primary source material my own experience in Australia from 1980 to 1988, in the world of what the Australians term the "femocrats." I see this paper as part of a larger enterprise, being carried out internationally, to assess the impact of a wide variety of feminist interventions. Since the 1960's, feminists have been part of a number of activities seeking to realize feminist goals, using whatever structures and resources they could find at hand.

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