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A very interesting book on the beginnings of women working
I always find book launches to be exciting events! I have only ever been to a few as I liked the authors but I enjoyed them all immensely. Now there is a great one to be staged in Adelaide.
The guest speaker has not yet been announced but save this date for the book launch anyway. The launch will be held on Thursday 6th June 2019 from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm. The venue will be The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, and it is a FREE event.
Iola Matthews is the author and her book is Winning for Women. Iola Mathew's book is an account of how she battled for major reforms for women. This was mainly at the time when she was at the ACTU. In this position, she won several cases dealing with parental leave and wage justice for child care and clerical workers.
When she worked at the ACTU, her position was that of an industrial officer and advocate. Here she specialised in women's employment. For her efforts in this regard, she was presented with an Order of Australia Medal.
The book also explains what it is like to be involved in the days of "second wave feminism" in Australia. At that time women were generally at home, and it was round about then that women began to take jobs also.
Iola Mathews was one of the founders of the Women's Electoral Lobby. She was also a journalist at The Age, and later became a leading ACTU supporter for women who were working. This was during the Hawke-Keating Government.
She was one of the first generations of women who wanted to have children and go to work. Her story is an honest account of her memories as she tells us of the work that was needed to change laws. These included such things as equal pay, superannuation, childcare services, and parental leave. This book is an important account of a pivotal time for women in Australia's history.
Iola tells the history with great wisdom, knowledge and experience. She touches on where we are at today and even gives suggestions of more reforms that she feels are needed nowadays.
More recently Iola established writers' studios in the National Trust property Glenfern which is in East St Kilda. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, Dr Race Mathews.