The trailblazing achievements of local women will be highlighted at Romsey Library and on Council’s social media channels next month in honour of International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March.
Historical societies in Kyneton, Romsey and Lancefield helped to identify the local women featured in the library display and on social media.
Among those featured are the women who played in the one-off 1946 women’s football match between the Kyneton Shop and the Lincoln Knitting Mills teams. One of the women, Pat Plowman, who is now 90 said: “We felt like pioneers.”
The football match was a fundraiser to support soldiers returning from World War 2 and to fund Kyneton Football Club’s re-entry to the Castlemaine district football league.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the achievements of women and promoting gender equality. The 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual.
Macedon Ranges Shire Council Mayor, Cr Janet Pearce, welcomed the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of local women.
“We are each responsible for our own thoughts and actions. Like Pat, we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes and broaden perceptions.
“Think about the women you know and celebrate their contributions to our economy, our environment, our community and our history,” Cr Pearce said.
Head to Romsey Library from 6-14 March to learn about Edith Onians and Eleanor Moore, two women from Lancefield who advocated for social reform from the 1890s to the 1950s.