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Farewell Mary Owen – thanks from all of us for the legacy you helped to create.

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Date: 27 March 2017

Melbourne feminist and social justice advocate, Mary Owen, passed away on 23 March 2017. A founding member of almost every feminist organisation to have made a difference to the lives of Australian women in the late twentieth century, Mary was a woman who effected change – and made Australia a better, more equal place for all of us coming after her. She had a strong sense of the importance of history as a motivating force for activism; the Australian Women’s Archives Project began as a community based response by the National Foundation for Australian Women to a request from her for help with conserving the records of her long and varied contribution to public life.

Mary was a foundation member of EMILY’s List. She was also the founding Coordinator of The Working Women’s Centre Melbourne, 1975-1986, when it was absorbed into the Australian Council of Trade Unions. She was a staff member of AAESDA (Association of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors & Draughtsmen of Australia), 1965 -1975; a member of Women’s Electoral Lobby from 1972; and a member of La Trobe University Council 1983-1990. She was appointed Deputy Chancellor of La Trobe University 1989.

Vale Mary Owen – a feisty, strong feminist who was an inspiration to us all. The Australian Women’s Archives Project thanks you.

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