Professional Learning

Brazen Hussies & Australian Curriculum V9 – Term 4, 2023

The period of the 1960s and 1970s saw the formation of the ‘Second Wave’ movement in Australia, and across the world. This period saw Australian women fight for and win vital changes to laws and policies that impacted their lived experiences, including in areas such as equal pay, rights to enter public bars, rights to control what happens to their bodies, and formation of women’s refuges. The new Version 9 Australian History Curriculum will include direct links to the second wave of ‘women’s liberation’ movements in Australia through the 1960s and 1970s.

Women's liberation activist Biff Ward, Melrose High School teacher Oscar Jolly and the world's first women's adviser to government Elizabeth Reid were part of an event to train history teachers about changes to the Australian curriculum. Picture by Elesa Kurtz

Oscar Jolly, Melrose High School teacher and a 2023 Hilary Brettell Scholarship recipient, organised this professional learning opportunity. Women’s liberation activist Biff Ward and the world’s first women’s adviser to government Elizabeth Reid joined Oscar on the panel. Read the Canberra Times article here. 

You can view Oscar’s unit of work and supporting resources here:

You can view the panel discussion here:

For further information on Brazen Hussies and how to use this incredible resource in your classroom visit: 

Thank you to National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) for their ongoing support of History Education.