Her Place Women's Museum seeks to advance and celebrate the achievements of women in Australia. We continue to produce valuable materials and resources for educators and the general public, providing a valuable contribution to Australian culture. Many of the women have made significant contributions, some with minimal recognition. From the fearless World War One doctor, Maria de Garis, to Indigenous activists, to the nine remarkable women featured in our current STEMpowered exhibition, Her Place Women's Museum is seeking to redress the imbalance.
It is an honour to document and tell these inspiring stories.
Mary’s story has been largely unknown until recently. Women were unable to enlist in the Australian armed forces as doctors when World War I broke out, Mary’s war service was not officially recognised. What Courage Such a Thing Takes: The Life of Mary De Garis was created in the hope that it would help to make her extraordinary life better known.
What roles have women played in our imaginations, our politics, our cultural and intellectual terrains? Since 2016, Her Place has invited creative writing students from the University of Melbourne to share the stories, lives, actions and choices of Australian women who have shaped the social, cultural and political fabric of Australia.
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Women have been creators, innovators and pioneers in STEM for thousands of years. From Indigenous knowledge systems, to nanotechnology and the sequencing of the koala genome, women have been central to STEM in Australia. However, their contributions are not widely known.