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By Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

ISBN-10: 0889614482

ISBN-13: 9780889614482

ISBN-10: 141758856X

ISBN-13: 9781417588565

It is a e-book of reports approximately schooling and women's lives--the author's and her mother's. it really is biography and autobiography written as social background. 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 type mom and dad who was once an interloper in a personal women' university. utilizing assets from Australian women's background, 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 curious 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 swap within the Eighties and Nineties, together with her personal function at the writing crew that ready curriculum instructions on homophobia and sexual orientations for Toronto academics. ultimately, Dr. Lenskyj displays on her reviews considering the fact 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 college within the Nineties.

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This was a cohort with similar experiences to my own; I attended Kambala from  to . These Catholic students had endured a somewhat more repressive school climate than their counterparts in Anglican schools, although there were some shared experiences. Given the generally lower fees imposed by Catholic schools, Gill’s participants were “daughters of the newly aspiring lower middle class,” whereas most Kambala girls were daughters of the middle and upper classes. None of the parents of Gill’s sample had completed university, whereas at Kambala there was an abundance of fathers in the professions, most notably doctors and lawyers.

This was a cohort with similar experiences to my own; I attended Kambala from  to . These Catholic students had endured a somewhat more repressive school climate than their counterparts in Anglican schools, although there were some shared experiences. Given the generally lower fees imposed by Catholic schools, Gill’s participants were “daughters of the newly aspiring lower middle class,” whereas most Kambala girls were daughters of the middle and upper classes. None of the parents of Gill’s sample had completed university, whereas at Kambala there was an abundance of fathers in the professions, most notably doctors and lawyers.

Seven years passed before Margaret became pregnant again. Like other married women of that era, she spent much of her time doing housework: shopping, cooking, cleaning, knitting, sewing, mending clothes, baking, and jam making. Taking pride in a clean and attractive home—a two-bedroom house that must have seemed luxurious compared to her grandmother’s and mother’s residences—she made curtains, tablecloths, and bedcovers on the treadle sewing machine. Decades later, on the same sewing machine, my -year-old mother hemmed crib sheets when her two youngest grandchildren (my children) had their first holiday in Sydney.

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