A dozen Australian women are featured in this inspiring informational book. Here are women who have made a lasting impact as warriors, artists, business owners, scientists, singers, politicians, pilots, actors, athletes, adventurers, activists and innovators. They come from every State and Territory in Australia. Featured are: Mary Reibey, convict and businesswoman; Tarenorerer, Indigenous resistance fighter; Mary Lee, suffragist; Nellie Melba, opera singer; Edith Cowan, politician; Tilly Aston, teacher, writer and disability activist; Rose Quong, actress, lecturer and writer; Elizabeth Kenny, nurse and medical innovator; Annette Kellerman, swimmer and movie star; Lores Bonney, aviation pioneer; Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Indigenous artist; Ruby Payne-Scott, scientist. The highly appealing, easy to read text is inspirational, retelling fascinating stories and giving anecdotes about each woman. Further resources included in the book are websites, images, articles and audio resources.
Two Indigenous women feature. One is Tarenore, also known as Walyer. Tarenore was an Indigenous resistance fighter (c.1800-1831) and a Tomeginee woman from Emu Bay In Tasmania. She led a guerrilla resistance movement against European invasion. The second is Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1996), an Anmatyerre girl, born in Alhalkere country. She began painting in her seventies, at the Utopia community, a centre for art. Her artwork features in galleries around the world.