Person - Joan Gibson

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NT member Joan Gibson was a teacher and mother writing in her spare time. Her first play The Dangerous Sex was part of the 1948 season. In it a modern woman, angry at union objections to women working outside the home, is musing on the female lot when she falls asleep and is taken through a cavalcade of women down the ages struggling for emancipation and equal pay. The piece ends with a call to arms for sexual equality.

By 1951 Joan Gibson was with the Bush Nursing Centre in the isolated town of Ebor on the NSW Northern Tablelands. In 1980 she wrote to NT saying how much she loved We Can’t Pay, We Won’t Pay, finding it hilariously funny, and refreshing to be given a message without preaching.

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