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Academic ambassadors, Pacific alliesAustralia, America and the Fulbright Program$
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Alice Garner and Diane Kirkby

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526128973

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526128973.001.0001

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‘Just because one is a woman’: Forging careers and changing the gender landscape

‘Just because one is a woman’: Forging careers and changing the gender landscape

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Academic ambassadors, Pacific allies

Alice Garner

Diane Kirkby

Manchester University Press

Women were recipients of awards under the Fulbright program from the first year of its existence in Australia. They were keen to take advantage of the opportunity for educational exchange and in doing so they changed the gender dynamics of universities. The Fulbright program supported fields in Australia where more women were employed and that were not yet disciplines taught in the universities. Women academics were participants in creating new fields, and reorienting Australian higher education from its British orientation. They encountered discrimination within the administration of the program and it took a long time for women to be appointed to the Board of the Fulbright program, and until 1990 for the first woman to become its Chair. From then on women increased their proportion of the awards being made.

Keywords:   Fulbright program, educational exchange, women academics, Gender, Indigenous Australians and Fulbright awards

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