100 years old and a new world for women

My father’s Aunty Grace (Grace Hunter) turned 100 last Saturday (1o June).  Who would have imagined, in 1910, that a mere century later she would receive congratulations from:

  • Queen Victoria
  • Julia Gillard (Prime Minister)
  • Kristina Keneally (NSW Premier)
  • Ms Quentin Bryce (Australian Governor General)
  • Prof. Marie Bashir (Governor of NSW)

No doubt there is still some way to go before equality finds its way into all the social structures of society (e.g. the church!), but there is surely something significant in Aunty Grace’s celebration – aside from the awesome accomplishment of reaching that magic age.

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Shane is an ethicist and theologian, Honorary Associate for the Centre of Disability Research and Policy, the University of Sydney, and Assistant Director, Policy, at the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation against People with Disability. Shane is proudly disabled, and an occasional blogger on


  • Narelle
    July 15, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Hey Shane – isn’t Queen Victoria dead? You must have meant Queen Camilla?!? 🙂

  • Shane Clifton
    July 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Queen spleen, Victoria, Elizabeth (please not Camilla) – who cares. I am a republican anyway!

  • Joseph
    July 16, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Hey Shane, please pass on congratulations from me as well and add me to the list in your post. People may not realise it but I’m actually quite important around here!

  • Shane Clifton
    July 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

    I would have included you, but last time i checked you were male….


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