By Helen Jefferson Lenskyj
It is a ebook of news approximately schooling and women's lives--the author's and her mother's. it's biography and autobiography written as social heritage. 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 toddler of operating category mom and dad who was once an intruder in a personal women' tuition. utilizing assets from Australian women's background, women's reports, and important social idea, 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 concerned with school-community activism within the Sixties and Seventies within the Toronto Board of schooling, and the author's personal reviews in a school-community council. the writer additionally examines lesbian and homosexual activism geared toward academic swap within the Eighties and Nineties, together with her personal function at the writing group that ready curriculum guidance on homophobia and sexual orientations for Toronto academics. eventually, Dr. Lenskyj displays on her studies for the reason that 1986 as an brazenly lesbian professor on the Ontario Institute for stories in schooling, college of Toronto, and discusses advancements in anti-oppression educating within the collage within the Nineties.
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Many women, such as Sarah McCallum, were widows supporting themselves and their families, and their role in the informal economy was often overlooked in official census figures. My mother’s account shows how she herself made significant contributions to the informal economy, despite her young age. I had rather a hard life with my Grandma. She also had boarders besides doing sewing at home for Farmers [department store] where my Aunty [Maggie] worked in their workroom. I had to clean the fuel stove and polish it with black stuff.
A B A D S TA R T I N M Y L I F E B U T A H A P P Y E N D I N G ” as well as taking me on weekend outings. He usually complied with my requests to go swimming in summer and to feed the ducks in Centennial Park in winter. Even going “for a run to the pub” was considered “an outing,” especially if his destination was the Astra Hotel at Bondi Beach. He would park on Campbell Parade opposite the hotel, and I would stay in the car watching the waves while he had a quick drink with his mates. Driving to the airport to watch planes take off was another favourite activity, and later, in my preteen years, I went with him to baseball and soccer games—all non-traditional pastimes for middle-class girls of my age in the s.
A B A D S TA R T I N M Y L I F E B U T A H A P P Y E N D I N G ” with a strap, what was called a cat and nine tails, I wonder why those strap marks ever disappeared. This is puzzling as well as disturbing. Why would an elderly Scottish woman use as an implement of punishment a cat-o’-ninetails, which was a rope whip with nine knotted lashes generally reserved for disciplining prisoners and military men? Perhaps the answer lies in a combination of Scottish and Australian disciplinary practices, both of which were notoriously nasty.
A Lot to Learn: Girls, Women, and Education in the 20th Century by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj