A Lot to Learn: Girls, Women, and Education in the 20th by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

By Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

This can be a booklet of reports approximately schooling and women's lives--the author's and her mother's. it's biography and autobiography written as social historical past. within the first part, Dr. Lenskyj offers the historical past for her mother's narrative, starting in 1832 while her grandfather arrived in Sydney. Australia, as a convict. She examines her personal girlhood studies within the Fifties as a baby of operating category mom and dad who was once an intruder in a personal women' tuition. utilizing resources from Australian women's heritage, women's experiences, and significant social thought, she situates the 2 tales within the broader, Australian socio-cultural context of 1900 to 1960. The narrative then strikes to the Canadian academic context, documenting the interventions of moms desirous about school-community activism within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies within the Toronto Board of schooling, and the author's personal reports in a school-community council. the writer additionally examines lesbian and homosexual activism geared toward academic switch within the Eighties and Nineties, together with her personal position at the writing crew that ready curriculum directions on homophobia and sexual orientations for Toronto academics. eventually, Dr. Lenskyj displays on her reviews on account that 1986 as an brazenly lesbian professor on the Ontario Institute for reports in schooling, collage of Toronto, and discusses advancements in anti-oppression instructing within the college within the Nineteen Nineties.

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Just a few lines to let you know that I’m still in the land of the living ... ” Her dream of going on a second boat cruise was not realized for more than  years when, at the age of , she and a friend sailed to Fiji on the Oriana. “How overjoyed we were,” Margaret wrote in her memoirs. Bill attended Vaucluse Public School, and Margaret was involved in the school’s Parents’ and Citizens’ Association. He later went to Sydney Boys’ Technical High School, in the same building that used to house Margaret’s public school.

Grandma would reply to advertisements in the Herald for someone wanting board and I would have to take letters into town to the Herald office in Hunter Street ... We had friends near Coogee Beach, I would take them stale bread for their fowls, they also had an orchard, in exchange I would bring home fruit vegetables and eggs. Learning Her Place This life would have been difficult for any child, but for Margaret there were added hardships. Living away from her parents and siblings, she was under the control of a strict Scottish Presbyterian grandmother who seemed to hold what Edna Ryan (: ) described as “a relic of the slave-driving psychology ...

He had to go there to settle his business with his building partners, which proved very successful. , after which they were to move into a house at Spencer Street, Rose Bay, that Bill had bought. It appears that there was some secrecy surrounding the wedding plans. Like many women, Margaret remembered the precise details of the day all her life. I was  and Bill  months off . I moved from the Girls’ Friendly Society on the Friday and took delivery of the furniture we bought and stayed the night there, then Bill came out on the Saturday and we got the tram into town and I remember so well, we went into Sargents and had meat pies for tea and then walked to St.

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