Do Role Models Still Exist for Women Today?

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Global Publisher CMRubinWorld interviews author Bronwen Hickman about a new book celebrating Australian Mary Gaunt, whose life was unprecedented for a woman born in the Victorian era.

How do nations represent and historicize their female authors and artists? What is still left to do? C. M. Rubin interviews Bronwen Hickman about her new book, MARY GAUNT Independent Colonial Woman, which honors the Australian author, explorer and feminist who lived from 1861 to 1942. Worldwide travels by Mary Gaunt through the forests of West Africa, parts of the West Indies and China, often on her own in a time when this was unprecedented for a woman, showed Gaunt to be a fearless trail blazer. Prolific publishing and lectures about these lands showed her to be virtuosic. As one of the first women students to attend University of Melbourne, she carried this legacy to great heights and was ultimately added to the Victorian Honor Roll of Women (Australia) on International Woman’s Day in 2002. Rubin explores with Hickman what Gaunt’s legacy is as a role model for other women today and what more could to be done to celebrate innovators like Gaunt.

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CMRubinWorld is an online publishing company which has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century education. The company is respected for publishing a diverse range of innovative ideas that are presented by the founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s thought leaders in education. Our interviews and articles covering the vital issues faced today are intended to be of integral value to parents, students, and educators who are our readers around the world.

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