Jun 26, 2019
Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that this episode contains the naming and discussion of deceased persons.
In our quest to inspire you with the strong women of Australia who pioneered change, we found ourselves in a quagmire of trying to figure out how to talk about the shameful history of Australia’s institutionalized and systematic abuse of it’s Indigenous and First Nations People.
How did we get into such a mess? Well, one woman caught Ashleigh’s attention - Margaret Tucker. Not only did Margaret receive an OBE for her activism, but she also had to overcome institutionalized and systematic racism, sexism and more than a decade of slavery before receiving the prestigious award. The part that really got both of us? This happened in our recent history - not back in ‘the olden times’ this happened in the 1930’s-1970’s - and it led to a big discussion about The Stolen Generation and the celebration of Australia Day.
This discussion of what Margaret experienced and went through as a young girl on the edge of adolescence and then a young woman is incredibly powerful and yeah, we know its hard to talk about, and yes we were scared of saying the wrong thing and causing offense but you know what? This discussion is much, much bigger than our discomfort. So, make yourself a cup of team and stick your headphones on and let’s start to unpack our national history, and ask some BIG questions.
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