Labour Women and Leadership Symposium
A celebration of the Centenary of International Women's Day
Keynote Speaker: Professor Lyndall Ryan
To celebrate the Centenary of International Women's Day, the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) are joining with the investigators on the ARC Linkage Project 'Women and Leadership in a Century of Australian Democracy' to explore how labour women lead.
The role of women in conservative organisations has increasingly been recognised. Less is known of the leadership styles, trials and triumphs of working-class and Labour women. How have women acted as leaders of the labour movement? What styles of leadership have they exercised? How did union women leaders acquire leadership skills without enjoying the privileges middle-class women take for granted, like a university education? What kind of mentoring has been available to ALP women? What obstacles have labour women encountered? How have they overcome these?
Professor Ryan will speak on the leadership of her mother Edna Ryan. Other speakers include Rosemary Francis on Muriel Heagney, Diane Kirkby on Jennie Scott Griffiths, Stuart Macintyre on Women’s leadership in World War Two and post-war reconstruction, Wendy Dick on Ellen Mulcahy, Joy Damousi on Margaret Cuthbertson, and Pat Grimshaw on Gladys Nicholls.
Friday 11 March 2011, 10.30am - 5.00pm
Fifth Floor Function Room
John Medley Building
University of Melbourne
For catering purposes, please RSVP by 4 March to Rosemary Francis: firstname.lastname@example.org
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