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Wendy J. Dunn – Women’s History Month

Birth and Rebirth When I looked through my journal for something I could use for Gillian’s topic, I re- discovered this short essay I wrote in a response to an article I read twenty years ago. My essay explores the event that turned my life around: Years ago, Janet Hawley wrote a powerful essay called …

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Liz Argall – Women’s History Month

We have always been strong I was something of a sickly child, or at least a weird and wobbly one. I could be full of energy, enthusiasm and clumsiness, but I was often tired, I often had issues with food, had that slightly neurotic distance and sensibilities that often marks someone as a writer in …

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Laura Goodin – Women’s History Month

I figured I’d been pretty brave to up stakes and move halfway around the world with my husband and our two-week-old baby, far from everybody I’d ever known and loved. And I had; I’ll cheerfully admit that. It was really hard, and it required a lot of fortitude to fight through the loneliness and exhaustion …

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Sue Burke – Women’s History Month

Who wears the pants? When I was in grade school in the 1960s in Wisconsin, girls could not wear slacks to school except on days when we had physical education, and then only for half-days. At lunch, we had to go home and change. We also sometimes wore slacks under our skirts on cold winter …

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Isolde Martyn – Women’s History Month

EDUCATE A WOMAN AND… My Mum died just before Christmas at the age of 96 and I am so proud of what she achieved. It can’t have been easy growing up in the Depression. She won a scholarship to the town’s grammar school. It separated her from the village kids she had grown up with …

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K.J. Taylor – Women’s History Month

I consider myself a naturally lucky sort of person, and one of the many good fortunes I’ve experienced in my life is that I’ve never really had to worry about being treated differently because I’m a woman. Of course there was the usual nonsense when I was in primary school, and I’ve been (mildy) sexually …

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Joyce Chng – Women’s History Month

My love affair with Joan of Arc started in my childhood, when I saw King Arthur cartoons and wondered about the Middle Ages. At that time, it was all knights, horses and men on horses. And swords and shields and the idea of being chivalrous. I noticed that knights were all men. When I began …

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Donna Maree Hanson – Women’s History Month

When I look over my life it seems as if I have always been overcoming hurdles. Surviving childhood was a bit of achievement! I’m sure many of you feel the same. That may sound glib, but if I look at me now I am far from where I ever expected or even imagined myself to …

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Wendy Orr: Women’s History Month

My first guest this year is the wonderful Wendy Orr. And the theme this year… well, I’ll let her explain it herself. In 1991, I broke my neck in a car accident. Actually, the driver who went through a Give Way sign at 140 km could be said to have broken it for me, but …

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