Australia's first museum celebrating unsung women heroes pops-up at Melbourne Town Hall
History has ignored women for too long. In an effort to rectify the imbalance, nine women past and present are being hailed, rightly, as heroes in this precursor to a permanent women's museum.
The trailblazers celebrated in the exhibition include Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkle (WWII hero and later director of nursing at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital), Bec Scott (former scientist now social entrepreneur and co-founder of STREAT, the not-for-profit organisation that runs cafe's and food carts, providing places of employment and training for at risk youth) and Deborah Lawrie (who became Australia's first female commercial airline pilot in 1980 – a victory that only followed her lengthy legal battle against Ansett that took her all the way to the High Court in appeal proceedings.) Were it not for these women, our society would look radically different.
The educational and inspirational pop-up will also run a series of talks, including one headed up by award-winning journo Mary Delahunty, which will explore the necessity for a women's museum (Free. 2pm. Sun May 22).