Aiming For the Skies

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März 2012



Fay Marles has lived a life of firsts. As Victoria's first Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, she played an instrumental role in the landmark case that resulted in Ansett employing its first female pilot. Over the next decade, she battled discrimination on many fronts, overseeing the commission's rapid development and expansion. She went on to found Australia's first private equal opportunity consultancy, and made history again when she became the first woman Chancellor of the University of Melbourne in February 2001. But in these fascinating memoirs, Marles offers much more than an account of her many personal and professional achievements. She candidly explores the influences that helped to shape her outlook and interests, from her family background and schooling to her experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne in the 1940s, where she was one of Manning Clark's first students. Her recollections of working as a young social worker in Brisbane in the 1950s, and later as a lecturer in social work at the University of Melbourne in the 1970s, offer a fascinating snapshot of the development of social work as a profession in Australia. She also describes the challenges of balancing her family life and career, and of pursuing postgraduate study as a mature-age student. Along the way, she charts her growing interest in women's issues and Indigenous affairs.Throughout her remarkable life, Fay Marles has aimed for the skies. Through her commitment to justice and her firm belief in the value of education, she has helped and inspired many others to do the same.


Born in Melbourne in 1926, Fay Marles was educated at Ruyton Girls' School. She was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne between 1944 and 1948, completing a combined course of Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Social Studies, and worked in social welfare at the Commonwealth Social Services Department until her marriage in 1951.After having four children, she returned to study as a mature-aged student and in 1975 was awarded her Master of Arts. After two years as senior tutor, then lecturer in Social Work at the University of Melbourne, and with a deep interest in workforce equity, she became Victoria's first Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, an office she held for the next ten years.Fay Marles served on the boards of many institutions and in 1986 became a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her public service, particularly in the field of social welfare. The following year she established a management consultancy firm specialising in equal opportunity, workplace dispute resolution and program planning and review.After serving as Deputy Chancellor of the University of Melbourne for fourteen years, and having demonstrated great commitment to Indigenous, multicultural, student and staff issues, Fay Marles was installed as the first female chancellor of the university in its 150-year history. She is now retired and lives in Melbourne with her husband Don.


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EAN: 9780522861815
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Melbourne University Publishing
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2012
Format: epub eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM
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