True Narratives: Oz Comic Con 2022


Women – what is our true narrative?

What is the importance of giving ‘diverse’ women voices?

How can we be empowered to tell ‘our truths’ of the way we see the world, without being trapped in stereotypes.

What is a woman’s voice? How is it different from a man’s?

These were just some of the questions approached by authors Candice-Lemon-Scott, Kathryn Gossow, June Perkins and Tash Turgoose with convenor and visionary Vacen Taylor who is gently determined to challenge the status quo where it is needed and to empower and uplift potential writers.

The panel shared that a women’s voice is not singular, that’s for sure.

It need not be limited by class, race, colour, cultures, faith, age, genre or gendered constructions.

She is many things.

Is she the opposite of man? No, not really, although she might be different in some ways in subject choice or language across…

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Picture This: Diversity in Children’s Books 2018 Infographic

Here are some infographics to help in reflections on issues to do with publishing diversity.

Considering them side by side is helpful.

This is on America, but I will find some Australian data to blog as well.

As you view them together, one can see that the Hispanic population is severely underrepresented, based on the percentage within the population.

The multiple backgrounds figure may not be accurate, as it depends if people are allowed to record more than one ‘racial’ cultural background. Australia ancestry seems to be collected more systematically, and inclusively. Will add some references on this soon.

The graphic does indicate that the ‘white population’ will move towards 44% in the future, and there is an expectation of more mixed background people.

Although one can also argue, percentage population should not be the only statistics taken into account, with the multiple racial backgrounds figure, possibly underestimated, and set to grow (are people allowed to record more than one cultural identity on forms) and should the first nations people be a low percentage, when there may need to be issues of addressing past injustices, and giving a greater voice, regardless of percentage of population.

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박사라 Sarah Park Dahlen, Ph.D.

In 2016, we published the infographicDiversity in Children’s Books 2015.” It went viral and was discussed on Twitter, in Facebook groups, published in books and journals, and presented at countless conferences.

Today we present to you an updated infographic, “Diversity in Children’s Books 2018.

DiversityInChildrensBooks2018_f_8.5x11Link to JPG & PDF files: Diversity in Children’s Books 2018 – Dropbox Folder
Full citation: Huyck, David and Sarah Park Dahlen. (2019 June 19). Diversity in Children’s Books 2018. blog. Created in consultation with Edith Campbell, Molly Beth Griffin, K. T. Horning, Debbie Reese, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Madeline Tyner, with statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Retrieved from

Released for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0 license). You are free to use this infographic in any…

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Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

Love these stories of inspiring people. Thank you.

#womensart ♀

The Harlem Renaissance was an early 20th century (1920’s-30’s) literary, artistic, and intellectual movement in Harlem, New York. As African-Americans migrated from rural Southern plantation slavery to areas such as the US urban North East, communities were formed and civil rights sought for.

Efd-vuxX0AYRlzyThis, in turn, creating the foundations for black cultural expression to manifest and become globally influential.


Lois Mailou Jones in her Paris studio, c. 1938

J0Sculptor Selma Burke

Within this movement there were many women who were artists such as Augusta Savage, Selma Burke, Elizabeth Prophet and Lois Maillou Jones. The blossoming of  creative African-American female talent had, in turn, been enabled by previous sister pioneers of the art world such as Edmonia Lewis.

In the 19th century, Lewis was the first African/Native American sculptor to gain international recognition. The artist lived for many years in the European cities of Rome and London, and her pioneering work…

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