Women's Information Centre Flinders University. Australian Union of Students (South Australia). (1979-1984)

Also known as
Southern Women's Resource Centre. (1979-1984)
Function
Library
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1477529

Biographies

The Women's Information Centre at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, was established to assist female students with their studies and to act as a free library. The Centre was the focus of a campaign to save Women's Studies at Flinders University when it was proposed that the course be withdrawn. This campaign was international with support from other women's studies courses and lecturers. The Centre's Name was changed to the Southern Women's Recourse Centre and they published a newsletter

The Women's Information Centre was part of the Flinders University Students Union student services. It was part of the Union building on campus and housed not only a library of feminist books by women but also a collection of articles and students' work. The Information Centre was open not only to students at the University but also the public and students from other educational institutions. Flinders University Women's Studies Course was part of the Philosophy Department from 1973 and available to both enrolled students and women in the community. It had a progressive approach to teaching. The students' work was assessed by fellow students and topics for essay or discussion were student driven. A daybook was kept to record tutorials and could be used for essay topics or further discussions. In 1981 the Women's Studies course was threatened with closure. The students, staff and Union of Students mobilized a campaign to maintain the course. Through this campaign there were petitions and letters in support of the course, from both Australia and overseas. The outcome was that the course was retained and given a higher profile.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Women's Information Centre Flinders University
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Twenty Years: Women's Studies At Flinders 1986-2006
    Sheridan, Susan and Dally, Shirley
    [Adelaide]
    Published: Lythrum Press
  3. The Politics of Women's Studies
    Helling, Rita
    [The Flinders University of South Australia]
    Published: University Relations Unit
  4. Flinders University Women's Information Centre: Summary Record
    [0.64 m : 2001]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Records of the Flinders University Women's Information Centre, including: campagin papers; minutes of meetings; correspondence; petitions; essays; and tutorial day books.
    SRG 831
  5. Women's Information Service Flinders University
    [15 folders : c. 1979 - c. 1984]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    The Women's Information Centre was established by the Women's Officer of the Students Union. It had a collection of articles, books and information on women's issues. It catered for the Women's Studies Students and others interested in feminist issues. The Centre was a rallying point when there was a threat to the Women's Studies course. It changed it name to the Southern Women's Resource Centre and issued a newsletter, Connections.
  6. Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement Archives Collection
    [30 m : 1984 - 1 March 2009]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    The Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement Archive was established in 1984 by a concerned group of women who wanted to preserve the history of what was called the second wave of feminism. With the aid of the Community Employment Program and the feminist community memorabilia was collected along with the papers of a variety of groups and individuals. The material was collected from late 1969 through to 2008.
  7. Tuesday Afternoon Group
    [2 : 1972 -]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Tuesday Afternoon Group are a group of older women who joined the second wave of feminism in the 1970s whose issues were outside the main stream of feminist concerns of that time. These women were politically active both on older women's needs such as housing, but also international political issues facing women in the third world. Molly Brannigan had attended the Decade of Women Conference in Mexico in 1975 and had gained a greater understanding of the needs of all women world wide. The women met at the Women's Advisory Service to discuss issues each Tuesday Afternoon.

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