This well researched and highly original book shows the leading role of Aboriginal women in asserting Aboriginal identity and modernity in the era of assimilation policy and continuing racial discrimination. Just as importantly, it also demonstrates the willingness of some white women to challenge racism in their local communities. When the two groups of women got together, as they sometimes did in the Country Women's Association, lives were changed. Highly recommended. Professor Ann Curthoys, author of Freedom Ride: A Freedom Rider Remembers
Country women and the colour bar reveals the untold story of grassroots efforts by Aboriginal and white women working together to improve living conditions for Aboriginal people.
In the 1950s and 1960s, in towns across New South Wales, Aboriginal women joined specially created Aboriginal branches of the Country Women’s Association, participating in traditional CWA activities such as beauty and baby contests and cookery. This book offers insights into the experiences of ordinary Aboriginal and white rural women, who by coming together, challenged entrenched racism in an unprecedented way.
Dr Jennifer Jones is a lecturer in Australian Indigenous Studies at La Trobe University. Her research interests include the Indigenous Australian history and biography, Indigenous Australian Literature, cross cultural collaboration, rural and religious history and histories of education.