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Jessica Urwin

Jessica Urwin

Jessica Urwin is a PhD student in the School of History at the Australian National University.

Jessica Urwin reviews 'Taking to the Field: A history of Australian women in science' by Jane Carey

April 2023, no. 452 28 March 2023
In 1943, of the 101 science graduates of the University of Sydney, 55.4 per cent were women. That same year at the University of Melbourne the proportion was 46.2 per cent, and by 1945 women made up 37.4 per cent of all science graduates across Australia. Given contemporary anxieties about women’s involvement in science, these statistics appear unbelievable. Yet, as Jane Carey explores in Taking ... (read more)

Jessica Urwin reviews 'Fact or Fission: The truth about Australia’s nuclear ambitions' by Richard Broinowski

October 2022, no. 447 27 September 2022
On 15 September 2021, Scott Morrison announced his government’s commitment to a defence pact and nuclear submarine deal with the United Kingdom and United States. Abbreviated to AUKUS, this collaboration sent shockwaves through ranks of diplomats, security analysts, anti-nuclear advocates, and members of the Australian public. In signing the AUKUS pact, Morrison signalled Australia’s terminati ... (read more)

Jessica Urwin reviews 'Benevolence' by Julie Janson

August 2020, no. 423 24 July 2020
‘You not waibala, you not blackfella. You in between.’ So Granny Wiring tells Muraging, the protagonist in Julie Janson’s latest thought-provoking novel, Benevolence. While this is not Janson’s first foray into historical fiction – The Light Horse Ghost was published in 2018 – it is a tale close to her heart. While Benevolence is based on the oral histories of Darug elders and the arch ... (read more)