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Tasmanian Blue Stockings


Start Date

19th Aug 2016 3:00pm

Tasmanian Blue Stockings

Intellectual women's struggle for recognition

Presented by Dr Alison Alexander, University of Tasmania

In this Inaugural Blue Stocking History Seminar, and in connection with Blue Stocking Week in all Australian Universities (12-19th August), we explore Bluestocking-ness and the intellectual work of women.

The Blue Stocking History Seminar will showcase and promote esteemed women historians and their work in women's history or any related history field.

In Tasmania, from the beginning, women have been able, even been encouraged, to gain an education – up to the point where they challenged men. The colony’s small population and convict past meant that education of all children was seen as a priority to eradicate the influence of convict/uneducated parents, and the small population meant that schools, colleges and the university needed female students to be viable. But paying jobs, especially high-paying jobs, in intellectual institutions were another matter, and women have battled to be accepted by men in these positions. A strong masculine ‘old guard’ prevented women breaking the glass ceiling until recent times and is perhaps still preventing them today.

Alison Alexander was born and educated in Tasmania, gaining a doctorate in Tasmanian History from the University of Tasmania in 1989. She has written 27 books, mostly commissioned histories of Tasmanian institutions, areas and so on, but including four biographies and Tasmania’s Convicts: how felons built a free society. Jane Franklin: Victorian Lady Adventurer (2013) won the Australian National Biography prize in 2014. Alison also edited The Companion to Tasmanian History (2005).

WHEN Friday 19 August 2016, 3.00-4.30pm

WHERE Room 548 Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

* ALL WELCOME: Refreshments will follow the lecture in the History tea room , level 4.

For enquiries about the History seminar series please contact Assoc.Prof. Penny Edmonds on or Dr. Kristyn Harman

Tasmanian Blue Stockings