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The Magnificent Life of Miss May Holman

Written by Lekkie Hopkins


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Throughout the 1930s May Holman was a household name and an inspiration to the women of her generation. She made history in 1925 when, at age thirty-one, she became Australia’s first female Labor parliamentarian, holding the seat of Forrest until her untimely death on the eve of the 1939 elections.

A woman who fought tirelessly for the rights of those in her electorate, her accidental death received national coverage with thousands of Western Australian mourners lining the streets to pay tribute.

May Holman charted new territory for women, but the barriers she encountered and her methods of overcoming them still resonate today.

'This long overdue biography of May Holman by feminist academic Lekkie Hopkins presents an extraordinary woman: a committed member of "the Great Labor family", talented musician, community activist and eloquent parliamentary speaker ...' Books+Publishing

'Lekkie Hopkins uncovers the contradictions of this much-loved public figure ... to capture Holman the woman and politician in all her complexity.' Sydney Morning Herald

'I found the narrative to be engaging, the prose easy to read ...' History West

ISBN 9781925163353 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories ebooks
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2016
Pages 228
Rights World
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    Lekkie Hopkins

    Dr Lekkie Hopkins is a feminist academic in the Women’s Studies programme in the School of Psychology and Social Science at Edith Cowan University. Her professional background is as an archivist, radio broadcaster, oral historian, literary critic and teacher. She is particularly interested in the history of social protest and in exploring creative ways to undertake and present academic research. Read more