Williams, Joan (1914-2008)

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Print Journalist, Radio Journalist, Writer, Journalist, Broadcaster and Activist
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http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-771088

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Joan Williams was a prominent member of the Western Australian branch of the Communist Party of Australia. She was politically active from the 1920s, but began her career in journalism as a young woman already imbued with a strong political consciousness. The networks fostered through her membership in an elite group of Western Australian left-wing radicals were critical to the foundation of numerous Western Australian women's and peace organisations. Under the pen name Justina Williams she wrote short stories, historical works, poems, biography and her autobiography Anger and Love. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal accepting it on behalf of her "unrecognized sisters who serve the community".

As a young journalist Joan Williams learned about the organisational strategies operating within the European peace and women's movements and began a lifetime involvement with Perth's left-wing intelligentsia. Committed to initiating social change through public education Williams joined the Communist Party in 1939 drawn in by their concerns for social justice, women's equality and opposition to war and fascism. Joan Williams' activism spanned over fifty years. She was a foundation member of the Modern Women's Club, the Western Australian Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity and the International Women's Day Committee. In the 1950s Williams' focus shifted to the concern for nuclear disarmament and, joining forces with the members of the Union of Australian Women, she established a locally based Waterside Workers Federation Women's Committee to support strike action occurring at the time. In the early 1970s Williams became a foundation member of Women's Liberation and the Women's Electoral Lobby.

  • c. 1935 - c. 1960 Career in journalism active

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Australian Women's Register

  1. The first furrow
    Williams, Justina
    [1976]
    Published: Lone Hand Press
  2. Anger & love
    Williams, Justina
    [1993]
    Published: Fremantle Arts Centre Press
  3. Writing labor history in Western Australia : my experience with 'the first furrow'.Papers in labour history 1 January 13-21 : Writing labor history in Western Australia : my experience with 'the first furrow'.
    Williams, Justina
    [1988]
  4. [Justina Williams - profile of writer, with full page portrait]Soundings : a selection of Western Australian poetry 108-9 : [Justina Williams - profile of writer, with full page portrait]
    [1976]
  5. [Justina Williams - brief biography of writer]Celebrations : a bicentennial anthology of fifty years of Western Australian poetry and prose 264-5 : [Justina Williams - brief biography of writer]
    [1988]
  6. Wharfies smile but the fight is not over.Subiaco post 9-10 May 6 : Wharfies smile but the fight is not over.
    Tucak, Layla.
    [1998]
  7. [Joan Williams - interview with feminist]Broadsheet (Women's Electoral Lobby), 6 96 6-7 : [Joan Williams - interview with feminist]
    [1996]
  8. [Joan Williams - biography of WEL member, peace activist and writer]Broadsheet (Women's Electoral Lobby (W.A.)), June 2 : [Joan Williams - biography of WEL member, peace activist and writer]
    [1992]
  9. [Joan Williams - awarded Australian Medal; biography]Western word April 5 : [Joan Williams - awarded Australian Medal; biography]
    [1996]
  10. [Joan Williams - brief biography (mother of 3)]Mobile times October 10 : [Joan Williams - brief biography (mother of 3)]
    [1992]
  11. The Women's Pages: Australian Women and Journalism since 1850
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2008]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
    Series: http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/cal/cal-home.html
  12. Carrying the banner : women, leadership and activism in Australia
    Eveline, Joan, 1940- and Hayden, Lorraine
    [1999]
    Published: University of Western Australia Press
  13. Fighting to be Seen and Heard: A Tribute to Four Western Australian Peace ActivistsWomen's Studies International Forum 22 1, 2 January 79-87 : Fighting to be Seen and Heard: A Tribute to Four Western Australian Peace Activists
    Hopkins, L
    [1999]
  14. JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia: [Interview with Joan Williams] (1986)
    [interviewed by Leckie Hopkins].
    OH1719
  15. JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia: Williams, Justina Papers (1934 - 1999)
    Pseudonym of WA author Joan Williams. The papers include her autobiography, correspondence, diaries, files, mss, notes, photographs, plays and poems.
    ACC 5425A, 5527A
  16. JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia: Union of Australian Women. Western Australian Branch (1938 - 1973)
    This collection includes the records of the Western Australian branch of the Modern Women's Club and the Union of Australian Women. It includes correspondence regarding International Women's Day, files about moral and social issues, equal pay for women, political issues and the Wooraloo Hospital dispute. Records Annual reports (1954-1962); correspondence (1938-1973), including correspondence on International Women's Day (1938-1969); minutes (1961-1972), newsletters and subject files on social, moral and political topics e.g. equal pay, Wooroloo Hospital controversy ; file of documents and correspondence relating to the State Editorial Committee for "Our women" magazine; photographs. Includes eulogy, given by her daughter Olga on 15 May 1986, for Elsie Peders, a member of the Modern Women's Club and the Union of Australian Women.
    ACC 1838A, 5003A, 5160A

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