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

By Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

It is a booklet of news approximately schooling and women's lives--the author's and her mother's. it's biography and autobiography written as social background. within the first part, Dr. Lenskyj offers the heritage for her mother's narrative, starting in 1832 whilst her grandfather arrived in Sydney. Australia, as a convict. She examines her personal girlhood reviews within the Fifties as a baby of operating classification mom and dad who used to be an interloper in a personal women' tuition. utilizing resources from Australian women's background, women's reviews, and important 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 excited about school-community activism within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies within the Toronto Board of schooling, and the author's personal stories in a school-community council. the writer additionally examines lesbian and homosexual activism geared toward academic switch within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, together with her personal function at the writing crew that ready curriculum guidance on homophobia and sexual orientations for Toronto lecturers. ultimately, Dr. Lenskyj displays on her studies given that 1986 as an brazenly lesbian professor on the Ontario Institute for experiences in schooling, collage of Toronto, and discusses advancements in anti-oppression educating within the college within the Nineteen Nineties.

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Some of their products—tablecloths and pillowcases—were still in use in our home in the s. Female employees earned significantly less than males, and with trade unions advocating a male family wage in the early s, there was no incentive for employers to raise female wages. Records of comparable weekly wages in  and  included: a female office cleaner,  shillings; a male labourer or carter,  shillings; a male shop assistant (viewed as a feminized occupation), – shillings (Ryan, : , ).

He made horehound beer. Shepherds would also boil the nettles, known as “shepherd’s cabbage,” and eat them with their dry corned beef and damper [homemade bread]. Many a time too I had to go with him through the bush and gather opossums he had snared to sell the skins, also trapped rabbits ... The children of today have no conception of what we had to do in our day and the hardship we endured, floods, getting out of the house in the middle of the night, had to go to a neighbour’s on the hill and dear Mum would have to make a damper at their place with some flour given to us by neighbour and baked in open fire place in ashes as shepherds did.

She took great pleasure in teaching me skills ranging from reading and writing to cooking and cleaning. ” Under my mother’s watchful eye at the kitchen table, suitably protected with newspaper, I learned how to write with a pen and ink—dipping the pen carefully in the bottle of blue Quink Ink, wiping off surplus drips, using blotting paper—long before we were taught this skill at school. Having practised successfully on scrap paper, I was then allowed to write a real letter in ink to my grandmother, which, began, as usual, “Dear G.

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