Every year, NAIDOC week celebrates the history and achievements of Aboriginal people, the owners of our land. This year, the theme for 2018 is Because of Her, We Can.
For decades, Aboriginal women have played a significant role within the community and country.
Let’s look at 3 prominent Aboriginal women, and how they have inspired us:
Faith Thomas- Former Australian Cricketer
Faith Thomas was the very first Aboriginal woman to play international cricket for the country. In fact, she was the first indigenous woman to be selected to play any sport for Australia.
Thomas was also one of the first Aboriginal nurses to graduate from the Royal Adelaide Hospital. What’s more, she even went on to run the hospital!
Faith is a prominent member of the Aboriginal Sports Foundation. She inspired us by breaking the stereotypes of what Indigenous women can and can’t do in Australia.
Here at Greenwood, we aim to remove gender stereotypes from an early age. If your son chooses to play with dolls and your daughter wants to play with contruction and action toys, we will encourage this.
Our aim is for each child to feel like they are supported in everything they do.
Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher- Ceramic Artist, Linguist and Educator
Dr Thancoupie is one of Australia’s most well-known artists.
Know for her famous pottery works, Dr Thancoupie showed us how traditional art could be portrayed in a modern form.
She inspires us to freely communicate our life, culture and values through art.
At Greenwood, we often engage the children in art activities that are unstructured and spontaneous. Through this, they can independently share their passions, interests and hobbies.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley- Former Tennis Player
Evonne Goolagong Cawley is a Former World No. 1 tennis player. Cawley was the first Aboriginal Australian to win a Wimbledon Tennis Championship, twice. She won it once in 1971, and again as a mother in 1980.
Evonne started off her career with humble beginnings. She would practice by hitting a ball against the wall, with a board from an apple crate.
Her story inspires us to not only to make the most out of our resources, but to never stop chasing our dreams.
When our educators notice a child in the centre showing interest in a certain activity, we build on it by providing them with unique experiences. For example, an interest in sea-life could lead to an aquarium excursion or the adoption of a pet fish!
We are thankful to these Aboriginal women for being incredible role models for young children today.
Is there an Aboriginal female figure who has inspired you? Let us know by dropping a comment below.