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Gladys Ruth GIBSON

Also known as: Ruth

Born: 29 December 1901

Died: 23 August 1972

Additional Information:

Educator, Community Leader.

1919 - Began as a student-teacher, Goodwood.
1921 - Appointed to Westbourne Park Public School.
1937 - Obtained Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide.
1940 - Obtained Diploma of Education, University of Adelaide.
1941-1953 - Mentored by and succeeded Adelaide Miethke (also found in HerStory) as South Australian inspector of schools (girls' departments/schools).
1942-1963 - Member of the Public Examinations Board.
1950-1954 - President of the National Council of Women of South Australia.
1952 - Appointed inspector of secondary schools.
1952-1956 - President of the National Council of Women of Australia.
1952-1961 - Inspector of Secondary Schools, South Australia, the only woman among four men at this level.
1 June 1953 - Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
1953-1956 - The second woman from South Australia to hold the national presidency of the Australian National Council of Women.
1954 - Arranged and headed a South Australian women's welcome to Queen Elizabeth II.
1956 - Australian representative at the Status of Women Commission, Geneva.
1957 - Australian representative at the Status of Women Commission, New York.
1957-1970 - Vice-president of the International Council of Women.
1960-1961 - President of the South Australian University Women Graduates' Association.
1961 - Retired from teaching.
1963 - Foundation member, honorary treasurer and a fellow of the Australian College of Education.
1969 - Senior vice-president of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Australia section.
13 June 1970 - Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the advancement of women.