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Susanna De Vries profiles 18 remarkable women who changed and influenced Australian culture and history. By presenting these well-researched biographies, De Vries showcases how these women broke down barriers related to gender, inspiring countless others in their wake. Among the women included in this collection are Enid Lyons, the first female cabinet minister; suffragette Louisa Lawson; and Olympic Gold medalist Fanny Durack. In describing these pioneers, Jane Clifton has an understandable tone of awe and reverence, but also has a resoluteness that underscores the strength these women showed in staking their claim as leading figures in Australian lore.

Publisher's Summary

The achievements of Australian women have long been overshadowed by the deeds of Australian men. Susanna de Vries has remedied this with her outstanding research, and this audio book details the life stories of 18 courageous Australian women who broke down the barriers of prejudice. From Lillie Goodisson, pioneer of family planning; Eileen Joyce, world famous pianist; Enid Lyons, our first female cabinet minister, these are women who have affected the lives of thousands through their achievements. Great Australian Women tells the story of women who changed the course of Australian history.
©2001, 2002, 2003 Susanna De Vries; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

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"Reminiscent of the social history of Patsy Adam-Smith." (Good Reading)

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  • Maisy
  • 04-12-16

Couldn't get past chapter 1

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it was narrated by someone else.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice was so irritating. It was like she was being assessed on how aticulate she was. Every letter and sound were so pronounced it became so distracting.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Great title!

Any additional comments?

I tried but couldn't take listening to her voice any longer, a pity really, as I was quite interested in this book.