This trait became the “sense of critical inquiry” driving Professor Wright’s books. She investigated women’s place in supposedly egalitarian Aussie pubs in Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans (2003); the role of women on Victoria’s goldfields in The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (2014); and the trailblazing fight by Australian women for the right to vote in You Daughters of Freedom (2018).
Rebels and You Daughters were the first two books of Professor Wright’s democracy trilogy, which she is now completing with a book investigating the fight for voting rights by Indigenous people in Australia.
Despite all the awards and acclaim for her work, Professor Wright believes she is only just “finding her voice” as a writer. Surprisingly, writing and presenting TV shows, including the ABC documentaries Utopia Girls and The War that Changed Us, helped her refine her craft the most.