Jasvinder Sidhu, a colleague from RMIT who led an Australian group on a visit to Punjab, took a copy of The Girls Ate Last to present to Dr. Sukhbir K Mahal, Principal of Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar. My mother was the College’s founding Principal, 1969-1972. As a result I have connected again with the College through its Principal.
Jasvinder presenting the book
- Inder Kaur, Founding Principal Khalsa College for Women, 1969-1972
The Australian Group in front of Khalsa College for Women
My presentation will be based on my two new books: The Girls Ate Last and Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective at the Melbourne South Asian Group on Friday 22 November, at the Australia India Institute, 147-149 Barry Street, Carlton, at 5.15 pm.
The first perspective is a personal one published in the book The Girls Ate Last. It is based on my mother’s story, 1911-1996. Girls were expected to eat last after the men and boys, and were often given only a few years of schooling. It is a story of women that is still repeated. With a Year 8 education, my mother turned the Partition of India into a personal victory. Having to seek employment in Delhi, she educated herself one step at a time, as her marriage and home disintegrated, to become the founding principal of three women’s colleges.
The second related picture is in Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective. It is a story of globalization but also a story of the absence of women from the headlines, from financial inclusion, access to technology and from wealth. Women are half the world’s population, do most of the work, produce half the food in the world, earn 10 percent of the income and own one percent of the property. A gender focus to poverty and exclusion is increasingly becoming important. But gender and empowerment remains a story still to be told.
The Girls Ate Last
MELBOURNE, OCT 1.
Professor Supriya Singh has unveiled an extraordinary story of her mother, Inder Kaur who became symbol of women empowerment and a guiding force for all women. Read more…
Supriya Singh is Professor, Sociology of Communications, at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She lives in her homes in Melbourne and Dharamshala, and has two sons and three grandsons.
Her latest book is Money, Migration and Family: India to Australia published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2016.
This book tells the story of nearly five decades of Indian migration to Australia from the late 1960s to 2015, through the eyes of migrants and their families. Firstly, there is the marked increase of Indian migrants, shifting from the earlier professionals to a dominance of student-migrants. The India-born in Australia are the fourth largest overseas born group. Secondly, remittances flow two ways in families between Australia and India. Thirdly, family communication across borders has become instantaneous and frequent, changing the experience of migration, family and money. Fourthly, mobility replaces the earlier assumption of settlement. Recent migrants hope to settle, but the large group who have come to study face a long period of precarious mobility. Lastly, recent migrants re-imagine the joint family in Australia, buying homes to accommodate siblings and parents. This is changing the contours of some major cities in Australia.
Her other recent books are The Girls Ate Last and Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective.
Supriya was awarded the RMIT University Research Excellence Award 2014 for the College of Business.