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Kinder, Sylvia

Occupation
Feminist and Teacher

Summary

Sylvia Kinder was active in both the Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement and the Sydney Women's Liberation Movement. As a teacher she was involved with the South Australian Institute of Teachers (SAIT) which questioned sexist teaching practices within schools. She helped bring changes in education standards designed to reduce gender discrimination, including the use of non sexist language in school and equal opportunities for girls. Sylvia was a member of the Australian Women's Education Coalition (South Australian Branch). She was involved in the establishment of the Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement, Women's Studies Resource Centre, Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement Archives and the Hindmarsh Women's Community Health Centre. She was a member of International Women's Year National Advisory Committee 1974-1976. She wrote a book about the women's liberation movement in Adelaide.

Details

The need for a women's studies courses became apparent to Sylvia Kinder and other concerned teachers who, in response, set about establishing a women's library as part of the Women's Liberation Movement. Books and papers were donated and the Women's Studies Resource Centre was created. She taught women's studies at the Women's Studies Resource Centre. She was a collective member of Liberation, Adelaide Women's Liberation Newsletter. She served on the Status of Women's Standing Committee from 1974-1976. Sylvia addressed International Women's Day rallies or marches. She helped organise conferences including the Young Women's Festival and the Women in Labour Conference both held in Adelaide. She was also active in gay liberation in South Australia. Some of the other groups she was involved with included Women Behind Bars, Salisbury Women's Group Newsletter, Salisbury Women's Health Centre, National Women's Consultative Council, SAIT Professional Development Committee, International Women's Day Collective. Women's Theatre Group (South Australia). There is a collection of taped interviews with South Australian feminist including Pat Ronald, Liz Byard, Anna Yeatman, Judy Gillett, Betty Fisher, Connie Frazer, Deborah McCulloch, Jill Mathews, Sue Higgins (Sheridan) and Gail Tauscher. Sylvia Kinder wrote Herstory of the Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement 1969-1974.

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Liberation', Adelaide Women's Liberation Newsletter, vol. 314, Liberation, Adelaide, 1970; Kinder, Sylvia, Herstory of Adelaide Women's Liberation 1969-1974, Salisbury Education Centre, Adelaide, 1980.

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Archival resources

State Library of South Australia

  • Address by Sylvia Kinder to Women's Studies Workshop, Adelaide , April 1979, OH 242/2; State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement, November 1969 - May 1989; State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement Archive, 1984 - 1 March 2009; Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement Archive (1984 - 2009); State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Hindmarsh Women's Community Health Centre , 1975 - 1989; Hindmarsh Women's Community Health Centre (1974 - 1989); State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Papers of Sylvia Kinder, 1970 - 1986, PRG 1500; Kinder, Sylvia, Sylvia Kinder; State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Women's Theatre Group, 1975 - 1989; State Library of South Australia. Details

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