Eilean Giblin: A Feminist Between the Wars Patricia Clarke

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Eilean Giblin: A Feminist Between the Wars by Patricia Clarke
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Englishwoman Eilean Giblin arrived in Australia in 1919 with a shipload of war brides, almost certainly the only woman not wearing a wedding ring. An unconventional feminist, Giblin arrived with a commitment to womens rights and social justice,MoreEnglishwoman Eilean Giblin arrived in Australia in 1919 with a shipload of war brides, almost certainly the only woman not wearing a wedding ring.

An unconventional feminist, Giblin arrived with a commitment to womens rights and social justice, developed through the suffrage movement and the intellectual appeal of left-wing social and political ideas. During the next three decades in three Australian cities, she pursued roles relevant to her feminist and humanitarian ideals.

In the small, insular society of Hobart in the 1920s, Eilean Giblin campaigned for the important feminist goal of equal citizenship. She represented Tasmanian women at the International Woman Suffrage Congress in Rome in 1923 and was the first woman appointed to a hospital board in Tasmania. In Melbourne in the 1930s, she led a committee that achieved the long sought goal of a non-denominational university womens college. During World War II, she kept a diary in Canberra that is a unique social record and a powerful witness to the immense human suffering and futility of war. Eilean Giblin was one of a small minority who supported the enemy aliens deported from Britain to Australia in 1940 on the Dunera, undertaking a lone 500 km journey to investigate their remote internment camp.

*** An incredible true story of one womans persistence and determination to leave the world a better place than she found it, Eilean Giblin is highly recommended especially for high school, college and public library collections. - The Midwest Book Review, Wisconsin Bookwatch, The Biography Shelf, January 2014 *** In this meticulously researched and richly detailed study Clarke has revealed a woman previously hidden from history and as Dale Spender suggests, the more we know about women like her . the more we can appreciate the contribution they made to the rights we take for granted today [Foreword xiv].

Patricia Clarkes biography makes a significant contribution to that appreciation. - History Australia, Vol. 11, No. 1, April 2014



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