The start of World War 2 changed women’s lives and their place in Australian society forever. Thousands of women ventured where few had gone before – into the services and workplaces previously considered the sole preserve of men.
Revealing poignant and personal conversations, photographs and letters from over 300 remarkable women, Between the Dances is a testament to real life during World War 2.
From Asia to Australia, Malta to the Middle East and New Zealand to the UK, the challenges and adventures faced by these women were unprecedented. Their passion, courage, resilience and commitment during wartime were all a precursor to the astonishing changes brought about by this incredible generation.
Serving their country as nurses, farmhands, munitions workers or members of the defence forces, these fascinating stories expose their struggle with gender stereotypes, the difficult release of social liberties and the dawning of new opportunities for all Australian women.
The last tradition left was the weekly dance, which ceremoniously brought these courageous women and men together for a quickstep, jitterbug or fox trot and a brief respite from the rigours of wartime.
About the Author
Jacqueline grew up in South Gippsland Victoria and has always had an interest in women’s perspective of rural life.
She graduated with a B.A. (Management) and a Grad. Dip. (Training & Development). Her former work experience was in corporate and art communications and events, before she embarked on her own public relations and events business, Eventive. Now a regular speaker Jacqueline has become a well-known figure with the groups such as Probus and View.
Home for Jacqueline Dinan is Ivanhoe, Melbourne where she enjoys a family life of ‘blue and brawn’ with her husband and three sons and grandson, Bobby.
‘A poignant revelation of a generation of women who gave inimitable commitment to their country.' Tamie Fraser, AO
'Between the Dances has left a lasting impression on me and I anticipate that it will become a valuable resource for future researchers into World War 2 and the history of Australian women.' Victorian Country Women's Association