A Lot to Learn: Girls, Women, and Education in the 20th by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

By Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

This can be a ebook of news approximately schooling and women's lives--the author's and her mother's. it's biography and autobiography written as social heritage. within the first part, Dr. Lenskyj provides the heritage 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 baby of operating category mom and dad who used to be an intruder in a personal women' institution. utilizing resources from Australian women's background, women's experiences, and significant social conception, 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 enthusiastic about school-community activism within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies within the Toronto Board of schooling, and the author's personal reviews in a school-community council. the writer additionally examines lesbian and homosexual activism aimed toward academic swap within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, together with her personal function at the writing crew that ready curriculum instructions on homophobia and sexual orientations for Toronto lecturers. eventually, Dr. Lenskyj displays on her stories due to the fact that 1986 as an brazenly lesbian professor on the Ontario Institute for reports in schooling, college of Toronto, and discusses advancements in anti-oppression educating within the college within the Nineteen Nineties.

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There was a clear consensus among my peers on this question. I was so outraged that I had a wager with a friend that,  years from then, I would not be married. I was wrong; I got married at , and by , had two children. Ironically, I happened to see this friend the day after my wedding, after having lost touch with her when she had  A Lot to Learn 1/12/05 3:00 PM Page 40 A LOT TO LEARN changed schools six years earlier, but neither of us remembered the wager. In short, despite my mother’s messages to the contrary, I was at that time a fairly typical product of heterosexualizing influences.

In , Margaret was one of the founding members of the Vaucluse Ladies’ Bowling Club (lawn bowls), and was the proud winner of the club’s first singles championship. She continued playing for more than three decades and then had the honour of  A Lot to Learn 1/12/05 3:00 PM Page 33 “. . A B A D S TA R T I N M Y L I F E B U T A H A P P Y E N D I N G ” serving as the club’s patron until . In many respects, her life was typical of a middle-class wife and mother of that era, although her roots were firmly in the working class.

We had a four poster bed and everything possible was thrown up onto the cover. We were inside when my Dad opened the back door, then the water came pouring into the house. Our Dad started carrying us up the hill to relations. A week later, we returned to the clearing up. Life with Grandma McCallum When Margaret was about five, her mother sent her to Sydney to live with Grandma McCallum because she could not afford to keep so many children at home. Her grandmother needed help operating her boarding house, and Margaret, as the youngest girl in the family, could be spared, while the two older girls could not.

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