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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, The Right Hon Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney and Professor Emerita Jill Roe AO.
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- To collect the published and unpublished materials which document the lives and experience of women of all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds and of all socio-economic classes.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”
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November's newsletter reports on the address by Annual Luncheon speaker, Dr Anne Summers. There are also reports on lunch hour talks by Lynette Curran who spoke of coping in adulthood with repression arising from childhood sexual abuse; Charline Emzin-Boyd who encouraged us to support Aboriginal expectations of improving their future and Bernice Lee who examined the changing position of Chinese women in the 20th century. Beverley Kingston reviews several books dealing with some unusual women and their struggle for identity and status.
Next lunch hour talk
Date: 20 February: Deidre and Chloe Mason
When conscience became a casualty of war - Alice Wheeldon's story