Among the Chosen: The Life Story of Pat Giles

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Fremantle Press, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Spotlighting a woman who was strongly dedicated to improving the lives of the disadvantaged, this biography celebrates the accomplishments of Pat Giles. Her entrance into Parliament as a Labor politician is reviewed, acknowledging that she came on board not as a raw recruit but as an experienced trade unionist, policymaker, feminist campaigner, and grassroots activist. This account reveals a woman whose determination never faltered and whose work ethic never flagged, telling the story of an activist working from within the established order to effect social change.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Childhood
44
The Politicisation of Pat Giles
65
WEL
84
The Trade Union Years
110
Sex Discrimination
138
Womens Health Issues
155
The Getting of Wisdom
179
The 1990s
203
On Optimism
222
Reflections
236
Acknowledgements
254
Bibliography
275
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About the author (2010)

Lekkie Hopkins is a feminist academic in the women's studies program in the school of psychology and social science at Edith Cowan University. She is a former archivist, radio broadcaster, literary critic, and teacher. Lynn Roarty is a research associate at Curtin University's National Drug Research Institute.

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