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Edith Cowan University celebrates International Women's Day

Monday, 10 March 2008


Edith Cowan University (ECU) has celebrated International Women's Day with an inspiring and engaging lunchtime presentation from Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks on Friday, 7 March.

Ms Brooks, who was awarded the coveted prize for her novel March in 2006, has had an interesting and varied life, and managed to impart some of the lessons she has learnt throughout her travels.

During a conversation facilitated by Karen Brown, former Western Australian editor of The Australian newspaper, Ms Brooks provided insight into her life as a foreign correspondent, often reporting women's points-of-view from war-stricken cities and nations.

Ms Brooks also explained the catalyst for her new novel, People of the Book, and how her travels and experiences informed the story.

While welcoming attendees ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said the ECU's namesake Edith Cowan provided great inspiration for the University to celebrate and encourage women.

"While significant progress has been made since the time of Edith Cowan, there is still a long way to go" he said.

"Edith Cowan University continues to support the growth and development of all its female staff, and women in the wider community".

The University's celebrations continue on Monday, 10 March with morning tea and facilitated conversations with senior ECU women around issues and challenges facing women in the workplace.

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