Women’s history beyond stereotypes

Public Record Office Victoria and Her Place Women's Museum Australia present the online panel talk "Women’s history beyond stereotypes" as part of International Women's Day 2021. #ChoosetoChallenge

Tickets are free but registration is essential.

This year the focus is on nursing and midwifery, an acknowledgement of the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in 2020, delayed by COVID-19. Penelope Lee, Her Place Board Director and co-curator of 'Unmasked: celebrating Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria and beyond' will be joined by curator Dr Madonna Grehan from The University of Melbourne, a nurse, midwife, and historian, and contributor Professor Odette Best from the University of Southern Queensland, a nurse and historian. They will discuss the surprising breadth and depth of this complex field of women’s history and work, reflected in the exhibition 'Unmasked' and how new interpretations can challenge stereotypical narratives of history.

'Unmasked: celebrating Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria and beyond' runs from 3 March - 1 April 2021 at Her Place Museum and features digital records from the collection of Public Record Office Victoria.


Odette Best is a woman of the Wakun clan of the Gorreng Gorreng, Boonthamurra, and Yugameh Nation. She is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Southern Queensland. After training as a general nurse at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Odette undertook clinical practice, then policy work and later moved into academia. One of Odette’s main research areas is Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who completed recognised training in nursing and/or midwifery before 1950.

Dr Madonna Grehan is an independent historian. She worked as a general nurse and midwife before moving into women’s health research. She completed a PhD in nursing and midwifery history at the University of Melbourne. Madonna is an interviewer for the National Library of Australia’s Oral History and Folklore Collection and immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine.

Penelope Lee is a museum professional, cultural producer, arts manager and artist who has worked across Melbourne’s cultural sector for over 25 years with a focus on community-engaged, interdisciplinary and inclusive arts, education and cultural programming. She is currently a Board Director and previously the General Manager at Her Place Women’s Museum Australia. Penelope has co-curated this exhibition with Madonna and Odette and, like them, is a qualified general and mental health nurse.

March 05, 2021 at 2:00pm - 3pm
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Melbourne, VIC 3000
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