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Jessie Street National Women’s Library is a unique specialist library dedicated to the preservation of Australian women’s work, words and history. The Library was established in 1989 and is named after Jessie Street, a lifelong campaigner for women’s rights, the peace movement and the elimination of discrimination against Aboriginal people.
The Library’s charter is to collect, preserve and promote knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritage of all women; social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; international friendship and peace. Patrons are Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG, The Hon Elizabeth Evatt AC, Dr Evelyn Scott AO and Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney.
Our mission is to provide for the Australian community a specialist library which collects, preserves and promotes the awareness of the cultural heritage of Australian women, facilitating learning, research and communication.
- To collect the published and unpublished materials which document the lives and experience of women of all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds and of all socio-economic classes.
- To ensure that documents relating to Australian women’s lives and activities are preserved and made accessible.
- To highlight the contribution of Australian women to this country’s development.
- To support the field of women’s history.
“To keep women’s words, women’s works alive and powerful”
The latest newsletter includes articles about the changing role of libraries and how our Library must change with changing times. The work of Dr Catherine Hamlin in Ethiopia and the challenging experience of a grandparent raising a grandchild are also discussed.
Next lunch hour talk
Date: 16 May
Speaker: Marlene Arditto - Women’s work in Jane Austen’s writings