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Ann Howard - You'll Be Sorry (History Week: Talkabout)

Event Information

  • 6 Sep 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: Free

You'll Be Sorry - Ann Howard

You’ll Be Sorry! is a superb account of the 66,000 women who left home to participate in the Armed Services during World War II.

Their stories range across Australia and are recounted with unflagging honesty. Ann Howard presents a vivid account of women’s growing confidence as they were given responsible positions, only to find there was no place for them outside the home after peace was declared with returning servicemen taking the jobs that had given them purpose. There was a social expectation that they should return to their homes, have babies and carry on as before, caring for the often traumatised returning men. Many of their stories are shocking and horrendous, and their ensuing battle for equal opportunity set the foundation for the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 70s.

A number of the brave, wonderful women interviewed in You’ll Be Sorry! are no longer with us, so these accounts are historically invaluable.