Jessie Street Jessie Street National Women’s Library is a unique specialist library dedicated to the preservation of Australian women’s work, words and history. Patrons of the library are The Hon Elizabeth Evatt AC, The Right Hon Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney, The Hon Quentin Bryce AD CVO and Professor Emerita Elizabeth Webby AM.
The library is staffed by volunteers from a range of backgrounds including librarians, archivists, teachers, academics, administrators and media specialists who are dedicated to the preservation of Australian women’s history and for this history to be easily accessible to the public. These volunteers give personal assistance to members, researchers, academics, students and others who use the library.
Each year a fundraiser luncheon is held with a guest speaker.
Join us on Monday 11th September 12pm.
NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street.
Our guest speaker is Professor Megan Davis. A Cobble Cobble woman of the Barunggam Nation. She is a renowned constitutional lawyer and public law expert, focusing on advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Megan Davis has been working on the Voice for 12 years. With Noel Pearson and Pat Anderson, she was a driving force for the 2017 gathering at Uluru, resulting in the landmark Statement from the Heart, which received the 2021-2022 Sydney Peace Prize. Rallying support for Australians to unite behind the Voice is now her mission.
Join us for a lovely lunch an exciting discussion in the company of some very dynamic and entertaining women. Booking form is HERE and you can request to sit at my table with Connie Dimas.
I have been supporting the Jessie Street Library for seven years and I am inspired by the tenacity of these women.
I hope to see you there.
Check out some of the past guest speakers and more about the library HERE.
Who was Jessie Street?
Jessie Street (1889-1970) was an activist, a feminist and a lifelong campaigner for women’s rights, the peace movement and the elimination of discrimination against Aboriginal people. She worked throughout her life to improve the status of women, both in Australia and overseas. Jessie fought for equality of status for women, equal pay, the rights of women to retain their jobs after marriage, appointment of women to public office and their election to Parliament. She stood for Federal Parliament twice and was only narrowly defeated each time.
Jessie was well known internationally, attending women’s conferences all over the world and working with women’s groups in different countries. She was the sole woman on the Australian delegation to the founding conference of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945.