On the Voices recognises and honours the contributions of women public education activists throughout the 100 years of the New South Wales Teachers Federation (1918-2018).
This considerable work by Susan Doran includes profiles of women - their stories told both through their own voices and the words of their peers - overviews of each decade, and comparative charts indicating the social and professional status of women in each decade.
In her foreword, Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation and former ACTU President, former Australian Education Union President, and former NSWTF Senior Vice President, says:
“A century of struggle against discrimination and injustice! It is humbling to read this record and be transported across the decades through the courage of the most amazing women from our great union. It is also heartwarming as it brings to mind the thousands who were there shoulder-to-shoulder in every stand and more, it reminds us of the unresolved bigotry and denigration women still face today.
“I credit my union for the foundations of the passion for peace, democracy and social justice we all share with the conviction that free public education, with affirmative action for disadvantaged students, is a cornerstone for rights and shared prosperity.
“It is an overwhelming temptation to acknowledge many of the women in this publication, and many more, but we all stand on the shoulders of many. So just let me thank all of the women of Federation for the sisterhood and shared struggles for equality and justice. To the Indigenous sisters, can I acknowledge the debt of a struggle for both equality and country ‒ and may none of us rest until we see a treaty set this to rights.”
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