Cool chicks: Indigenous lady loves

There’s not a moment in the day that can’t be spent celebrating the wonderful Indigenous ladies of Oz! So here’s just a few to be thankful for!

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Professor Gracelyn Smallwood- Human Rights advocate, Qld

Prof. Smallwood grew up on the outskirts of Townsville. Like many young Indigenous women in the area, she pursued one of the few higher education courses available to her, Nursing.  She received a great deal of support and love from her family at this time, and after hard work, completed her nurse training at Townsville General Hospital. She followed this with a post-graduate degree in midwifery and a Diploma in Mental Health. Now accredited a a number of fields, Smallwood’s passion for and involvement in the health system lead her to co-found and become the first registered nurse to work at the Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders’ Health Service. She has received an Aboriginal Overseas Study Award, a Queensland Aboriginal of the Year Award in 1986, an Order of Australia Medal in 1992 for service to public health, particularly HIV-AIDS education, the Henry Kemp Memorial Award at the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in 1994 and most recently in 2014, a NAIDOC Person of the Year Award.

Professor Smallwood leads by example for all women with a passion for their community and their health care system. Her studiousness, and dedication to tackling health as a social justice issue make her one VERY COOL CHICK!

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Miranda Tapsell- Actress

Best known for her quick and cute as a button wit in Australian film The Sapphires, Miranda Tapsell is a household name. Born in Darwin in 1988, Tapsell is a Larrakia woman. When she turned five her family moved to Jabiru in West Arnhem Land where she would grow up a short distance from Kakadu National Park. During highschool, Miranda was a keen theatre performer, and at age sixteen (2004) she won the Bell Shakespeare Company regional performance scholarship. After finishing school, Tapsell moved to Sydney to study acting at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). She graduated in 2008 and in 2012 landed her best known role in The Sapphires!

She has since applied her art to the popular Aussie drama Love Child, ABC’s Redfern Now and the telemovie, Mabo. As a young Aboriginal woman, Miranda’s contribution to the Australian entertainment industry has been one of authenticity and the building of a  broader sense of identity in Australian TV and film. Tapsell’s career, at just 27 years old, encourages a wider space for Aboriginal creatives and emphasises the importance of multicultural and first nations people representation in Australia media. Phwoar, what a top chick!

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Linda Burney- Member for Barton (ALP), Shadow Minister for Human Services

All hail Linda Burney, the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives. And about bloody time, we think! Ms Burney has represented the Labour Party since 2003 in Community Service Departments and in a deputy leadership role.

But before she had her sights set on Parliament, Linda completed a Diploma of Teaching from the then Mitchell College of Advanced Education (now Charles Sturt University). And guess what? She was the first Aboriginal graduate they ever had! So many firsts! Well, we think that makes Linda’s a total Number One Cool Chick, for sure. We’re sure to see a lot of positive movements and ideas coming from Ms Burney during her term. We’re behind you here at PPZ!

So there you have it, another round of total knock-out Cool Indigenous Chicks! Be sure to show your support to help our local young wonder women at Sisters Inside Inc by purchasing some cute earrings from our GODDESS range! Prices move between $10 to $14.95 and are selling fast. Get yours here!

Luv ‘n’ poms,

Shelley and Anna

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