1951 - 1953
BPW International Vice President
Occupation: Academic, Lecturer in French
Miss Randall was a small, very dignified woman, exacting with a keen loyalty to BPW.
Jean was a lecturer in French at the University of Western Australian , and will be remembered for her significant contribution to discussions at conferences.
She was Vice President of the International Federation and also Membership Chairman. In 1988, still a force in her own State, Jean once wrote:
“The matter of committee responsibility is a most important one for our Federation. As we grow in numbers and especially as we hope, in the number of clubs, the work of the executive will become far too heavy for the honorary officers unless responsibility can be delegated and accepted by our committees.”
During Jean’s Presidency discussions were held with the National Council of Women, as BPWA had been working on a separate intervention in the Basic Wage Case before the Arbitration Commission 1953. BPWA gave financial support and the two organisations appointed an honorary counsel to argue against the proposed reduction of the female wage rate from 75 per cent to 60 per cent. The campaigning of BPWA and other women’s organisations saw the 75 per cent rate maintained until the Equal Pay Cases of 1969, rather than it being reduced.
BPW Australia Board 1951 to 1953
President Miss Jean Randall
Immediate Past President Mrs Una Prentice
Vice Presidents Miss Ouida Cross, Miss Alice Brown, Miss Clara Behrend, Dr. Christine Walsh, Miss Hilda Towns, Mrs G. Brooks
Hon. Secretary Miss Anne Wood
Hon. Treasurer Miss Mary Kennedy Brown
Publicity Miss Patience Thoms
International Relations Mrs Joan Rosanove
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