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Marks, Gladys Hope (1883 - 1970)

Born
14 December 1883
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died
6 January 1970
Paddington, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Academic, Teacher and Women's rights activist

Summary

Gladys Hope Marks was a lifelong supporter of women's rights. She was active in a range of feminist groups, including the National Council of Women of New South Wales. A gifted linguist, she taught French at the University of Sydney in the 1920s and 30s.

The New South Wales branch of the Australian Federation of University Women established the Gladys Marks memorial fund to assist mature women to complete courses at the university.

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1905
Enrolled in Arts at the University of Sydney, despite opposition from her father
1908
Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and prizes for English, French and German.
1908 - 1913
Taught in private schools for girls before travelling extensively in Europe.
1914
Attended the International Women's Congress in Rome
1914
Studied phonetics part-time at the Sorbonne, Paris.
1916
Appointed Acting Lecturer in French, University of Sydney
1919 - 1921
Vice-President, Sydney University Women's Union
1921 - 1926
International Secretary, National Council of Women of New South Wales
1922
Appointed to a permanent position as Lecturer in French
1924
Attended the International Women's Congress in Copenhagen.
1929
Served as acting head of department – the first female acting-professor at the University of Sydney.
1930 - 1934
President, Australian Federation of University Women
1934
Appointed officier d'Académie by the French government; awarded les Palmes Académiques.
1934
Became an honorary life vice-president of the National Council of Women of New South Wales
1936
Served as acting head of department
1943
Retired

Sources used to compile this entry: Maxwell, Margaret, 'Marks, Gladys Hope (1883-1971)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110401b.htm; Personal archives of Marks, Gladys Hope [1883-1970], 1905 - 1949, P018; University of Sydney, Archives.

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University of Sydney, Archives

  • Personal archives of Marks, Gladys Hope [1883-1970], 1905 - 1949, P018; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

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