Daisy Bates - my piece for the Dangerous Women Project about Daisy Bates
The Dangerous Women Project is publishing a piece every day for a year on the topic what does it mean to be a dangerous woman?
I’ve written a piece about Daisy Bates, a women whose life I think about a lot, as an Australian and someone who works towards the documentation and promotion of endangered languages. She certainly was remarkable. From the DWP piece:
It is the iron will and self-reliance that are so compelling in the story of Daisy Bates. She never gave up her Victorian era boned jackets and long skirts, even walking many miles in raised-heel boots, or single-handedly digging a 5-foot deep grave when one of her patients passed away. She was a self-avowedly terrible cook, more or less surviving for years on porridge, damper bread and tea. Whatever maternal feeling she had was not spared for her son, but instead invested in the Aboriginal ‘children’ of her life in the desert. She sold all of her land and goods to dress and feed them, even at the age of 74 she would write journalistic correspondence about life in the desert when her funds ran out.
But her understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal and Colonial societies had profound implications for her work and her legacy. You can read the rest on the DWP site.
See also: Daisy Bates: An amazing woman and her linguistic legacy - a blog post I wrote here from a few years ago that inspired the DWP piece.