Country women and the colour bar : grassroots activism and the Country Women's Association / Jennifer Jones.

By: Jones, Jennifer A. (Jennifer Anne) [author.]Publisher: Canberra, ACT Aboriginal Studies Press, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: xvii, 229 pages, 4 unnumberd pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cmISBN: 9781925302967Other title: Country women and the color barSubject(s): Country Women's Association of New South Wales -- History | Women, Aboriginal Australian -- New South Wales -- Attitudes | Women, Aboriginal Australian -- New South Wales -- Social conditions | Rural women -- New South Wales -- Attitudes | Aboriginal Australians -- Civil rights -- New South Wales | Women social reformers -- New South Wales | New South Wales -- Race relations -- History | New South Wales -- Race relations | AustralianDDC classification: 305.4889915 Online resources: External link Summary: Country women and the colour bar is a timely corrective to established ideas about race relations in rural New South Wales by revealing the untold story of grassroots efforts by Aboriginal and white women, working together.In the 1950s and 1960s, in towns across New South Wales, Aboriginal women joined specially created Aboriginal branches of the Country Women's Association. Country women and the colour bar offers insights into the experience of ordinary Aboriginal and white rural women as they participated in beauty contests, cookery, handicraft lessons and baby contests. It reveals how Aboriginal assimilation policy met everyday reality as these rural women broke with the established segregation in an unprecedented fashion. Working together the women made significant gains for Aboriginal communities prior to Aboriginal people's widespread access to citizen's rights. Some prominent Australians feature in these extraordinary stories: Jessie Street, Charles Perkins, Rachel Mundine and Purth Moorhouse. Using a biographical and highly accessible approach, Country women and the colour bar is an exploration of the role of women in maintaining and challenging the colour bar.
List(s) this item appears in: Country Women's Association: Stage 6 History Women's Movements
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305.4889915 JON (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Available for loan to members and ILL 67360

Includes bibliographical references (pages 216-224) and index.

Country women and the colour bar is a timely corrective to established ideas about race relations in rural New South Wales by revealing the untold story of grassroots efforts by Aboriginal and white women, working together.In the 1950s and 1960s, in towns across New South Wales, Aboriginal women joined specially created Aboriginal branches of the Country Women's Association. Country women and the colour bar offers insights into the experience of ordinary Aboriginal and white rural women as they participated in beauty contests, cookery, handicraft lessons and baby contests. It reveals how Aboriginal assimilation policy met everyday reality as these rural women broke with the established segregation in an unprecedented fashion. Working together the women made significant gains for Aboriginal communities prior to Aboriginal people's widespread access to citizen's rights. Some prominent Australians feature in these extraordinary stories: Jessie Street, Charles Perkins, Rachel Mundine and Purth Moorhouse. Using a biographical and highly accessible approach, Country women and the colour bar is an exploration of the role of women in maintaining and challenging the colour bar.

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