I’m delighted to announce that my mother Patricia Evans has been accepted into the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame (NPWHF) in Alice Springs Australia. Patricia, in 1949, was the first female accountant for Bitumen & Oil Refineries (Australia) Limited (Boral) and the Hall of Fame has welcomed her as “a pioneer in the predominantly male field of accounting” for inclusion in their Herstory Archive.
The acceptance letter includes mention of Patricia ‘securing a contract amenable to raising children (e.g. finished work at 4pm and took her leave during the school holidays) somewhat unusual in the 1960s’. Mamma successfully merged being both mother and career woman throughout her working life. I grew up never knowing that being a woman was an exception in the executive workforce. Mamma always led by example, and is still inspirational to me.
The NPWHF Archive is planned to be updated later in 2017, as resources allow, and Patricia’s ‘Herstory’ will be added at that time. I will post again when her achievements are available online.
In the meantime, please join me in sending Patricia congratulations for being accepted into the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame. http://pioneerwomen.com.au/