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I now know I can do this now' : Indigenous women and writing in the Australian higher education sector
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Bronwyn FredericksBronwyn Fredericks, K Mills, Nereda WhiteNereda White
This paper explores the challenges of writing and publishing faced by Indigenous women who work in the Australian higher education sector. It demonstrates that Indigenous women are under-represented in the academy and argues that indigenous styles of writing are typically not valued for broader publication. The authors describe a writing mentoring and support program specifically developed for Indigenous academic women in Australia. The Tiddas Writin' Up Workshop provided a safe and culturally-appropriate space for women to learn about academic writing and develop their writing skills. The workshop led to the publicaion of a special issue of the Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues - known as the Tiddas Collection. The authors highlight the power and strength of well-developed support programs to address skills development, confidence, inequities and under-representation of Indigenous women within the higher education workforce.