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International Women's Day

In honour of International Women's Day, a gem from the National Archives. A 1963 departmental minute outlining why a woman would not make a suitable trade commisioner. Source: NAA (ACT): A3120/5 106/1/6


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8th Mar, 2005 00:35 (UTC)
It is amazing just how backwards some people were only 40 years ago. or rather how things have changed in that time.
8th Mar, 2005 01:47 (UTC)
That was an interesting post. I hope you won't mind if I link to it in my LJ.
8th Mar, 2005 05:07 (UTC)
Not at all. Go right ahead.
8th Mar, 2005 11:33 (UTC)
Ah, this kind of thing brings back so many unfond memories.

1963 was the year in which I told my teacher in grade school that I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up, and was told "No, dear, you can't be an astronaut, you're a girl. But you could always marry an astronaut." I was then sent to the principal's office to be punished for causing trouble when I insisted that women could too be astronauts, referencing the accomplishment of Valentina Tereshkova.
8th Mar, 2005 13:00 (UTC)
I didn't expect anyone to read the file but in spite of the advice, a Mrs Freda Wilson was appointed Trade Commissioner to the United States. This led to the Public Service Act being amended in 1966, dropping the prohibition on married wimmin holding jobs in the Public Service, and hence being separated on marriage.
10th Mar, 2005 13:18 (UTC)
This was doing the rounds at work - amazing to see the behaviours of a not-too-distant past.

Thanks for the post!
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