Louise is striving to capture the voices of everyday life for women, rather than the larger political brushstrokes of the time.
“The few women writers in North Queensland during the early part of the 1900s were writing to enact change for women, so their stories –while valuable – aren’t usually the day-to-day experiences of women, but stories that are ideologically driven.” Of particular interest to her is the recovery of this often-silent perspective of the day-to day lives of regional women. “These are often the stories of women who worked hard and had very little time to write down their thoughts or feelings,” Louise says.
The amplification of these quiet voices of historical record is an essential contribution to the tapestry of North Queensland’s history and its present.
“I want to contribute to how we perceive ourselves today, and to do that you need to understand all the elements of how our society developed and grew,” she says. “We are made up of multiple different perspectives, and I think to get a fuller understanding of ourselves we need to understand our past.”
October 15 is the UN International Day of Rural Women, a time to honour the invaluable contribution of rural women to our society.
The empowerment of rural women and girls is essential to building a prosperous, equitable and peaceful future for all on a healthy planet.
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
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