Aiming For The Skies

Aiming For The Skies

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Fay Marles has lived a life of firsts. As Victoria s first Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, she played an instrumental role in the landmark case that resulted in Ansett employing its first female pilot. Over the next decade, she battled discrimination on many fronts, overseeing the commission s rapid development and expansion. She went on to found Australia s first private equal opportunity consultancy, and made history again when she became the first woman Chancellor of the University of Melbourne in February 2001. But in these fascinating memoirs, Marles offers much more than an account of her many personal and professional achievements. She candidly explores the influences that helped to shape her outlook and interests, from her family background and schooling to her experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne in the 1940s, where she was one of Manning Clark s first students. Her recollections of working as a young social worker in Brisbane in the 1950s, and later as a lecturer in social work at the University of Melbourne in the 1970s, offer a fascinating snapshot of the development of social work as a profession in Australia. She also describes the cha
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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 161 x 241 x 21mm | 477g
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 0522853374
  • 9780522853377

About Fay Marles

Born in Melbourne in 1926, Fay Marles was educated at Ruyton Girls School. She was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne between 1944 and 1948, completing a combined course of Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Social Studies, and worked in social welfare at the Commonwealth Social Services Department until her marriage in 1951. After having four children, she returned to study as a mature-aged student and in 1975 was awarded her Master of Arts. After two years as senior tutor, then lecturer in Social Work at the University of Melbourne, and with a deep interest in workforce equity, she became Victoria s first Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, an office she held for the next ten years. Fay Marles served on the boards of many institutions and in 1986 became a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her public service, particularly in the field of social welfare. The following year she established a management consultancy firm specialising in equal opportunity, workplace dispute resolution and program planning and review. After serving as Deputy Chancellor of the University of Melbourne for fourteen years, and having demonstrated great commitment to Indigenou
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