Inspiring black women who have changed Australia

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, (March 8th), Indigenous TV (NITV) has put together a list of 20 trailblazing Indigenous women who have changed Australia. I was delighted to find this article and pictures on the SBS News site.

Truganini, last of Tasmania’s tribal inhabitants, 1812 – 1876 on (right) and Bessy Clark.

 Truganini was a defiant, strong and enduring individual even to her last breath. She is a symbol of the survival of the Tasmanian Aboriginals and her life epitomises the story of European invasion.

As a young girl, she was taught her culture but when Aboriginal life was disrupted by European invasion this changed her forever. Despite witnessing the most horrific crimes against humanity, Truganini believed the only way to fight against white invaders was to learn their ways in order to gain empathy.

To read about the 19 other amazing women, please click below: SBS News

14 thoughts on “Inspiring black women who have changed Australia”

  1. Thank you so much for your comments. You are right – then, it would have been sheer “bravery and steely persistence” to be recognised for what they fought for. I am so glad you enjoyed their stories.


  2. It is fascinating to see so many women on this list, and more names added on by people making comments in the original article. I can only imagine the bravery, steely persistence, and sheer will power it took for women (especially in earlier times) to take the stances they did, to fight the on-going (seemingly eternal) fight for justice, recognition, and honor for indigenous culture. It touched my heart, from half-way around the world.

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