Thursday, March 08, 2018

Celebrating International Women's Day

But I have nothing written! I was going to have a blog day off today.


Right, you can look at a post I wrote back in 2007 about some iconic Victorian women, and it is not too bad. I stand by my selection made 11 years ago. Former State Premier Joan Kirner has since died, as has Rupert Murdoch's mother Dame Elizabeth and I think Jean McLean has too. Oops, she hasn't. "In 2016 Jean received the ” Order of Timor-Leste “ from your President Tour Matan RuakMagda". Szubanski has since come out as a lesbian. 

Or you could read this really good blog post by The State Library of Victoria featuring some high achieving Australian women from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is not too long to skim through and I think at least one of the women will interest you.

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  1. Love the State Library's post. Some very special women indeed, and an eclectic mix. To my shame I had forgotten that Henry Handel Richardson was a woman.

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    1. EC re HHR, me too until I read the post.

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  2. I'm afraid to say I only knew who Dame Elizabeth Murdoch was. But I've now looked up the other two to read about them. A nice post from the State Library of Victoria about women that were well ahead of their time.
    On this day I also celebrate the birth of my daughter.

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    1. Sami, so I read. How good is that. I didn't say anything on your blog, but Philippines? Personal safety is paramount.

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    2. Yes, her partner works for Shell and every 4 years they have to apply for a new position, and he got the Philippines. It's 2 h south of Manila, apparently "safe" expat compound sort of life.

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    3. Good to hear, Sami.

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  3. So International Women's Day only celebrates women in the spotlight who have accomplished something "worthwhile"?

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    1. A valid point River, and as I dashed the post off in ten minutes, that was on my mind. The politician in my old post, Jean McLean did not have an easy life. It is a bit like honours awards. There are so many deserving 'little' people who never get a mention while others get awards for just doing their jobs.

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  4. When I think that a woman in Belgium didn't have the right to have an own bank account without permission of the husband until in the 70th !!

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    1. Gattina, as I type I am watching an English tv show called Call the Midwife. Mention was just made of a woman's husband not allowing her to have a bank account and that was in the 1960s.

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  5. Didn't even know today was the day, nearly missed it totally. Heard on the news this evening! Too busy looking about and taking photos I expect

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    1. Margaret, being your own high achieving woman, of course.

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  6. I forget all about it, too, until I saw or heard something on the news.

    I reckon we should celebrate International Cat Day! But as I look at my two cats, Remy and Shama...every day is Cat Day...around here at my place it is, anyway!!

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    1. Lee, cats' lives are I suppose like human with some leading extremely comfortable lives and others starving to death.

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