Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

International Women’s Day: Great Biographies


the Hospital by the River


Until Catherine and Reg Hamlin began their work in Ethiopia,sufferers of fistulas (caused by obstructed labour) were neglected and forgotten. A vast group of women facing a lifetime of incapacity and degradation  have been helped by Catherine Hamlin at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. A truly amazing woman.

Christian College staff and students have been generous in their donations to this wonderful cause, and Mrs Jan Strauch has been our motivation and inspiration in these donations.

Black Chicks Talking


Black Chicks Talking is a compilation of interviews with five women, interviews during which they reveal memories of their pasts as well as their future aspirations. These women’s personal stories reveal a wide range of emotions. Experiences such as losing siblings and children to foster homes, and living with alcoholism and domestic violence bring forth tears, while childhood antics, travelling tales and general ‘gabbing on’ lighten the load. Each woman’s story does, however, reveal a pride for heritage, although this is heavily laced with the sense of searching for a lost culture.

Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi

Like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi has become an iconic figure. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, since 1988 she steadfastly opposed Burma’s brutal military regime. She was first placed under house arrest in 1989 and she faced separation from her husband and their 2 sons, physical and psychological harassment, an attempt on her life and witnessed the massacre of scores of her followers.  Aung San Suu Kyi was finally released from house arrest on November 13, 2010. The role that Aung San Suu Kyi will play in the future of democracy in Burma remains a subject of much debate.


March 8, 2011 Posted by | Biographies, Indigenous People | , , | Leave a comment