ANITA SELZER - INDIE AUTHOR
A desire to embrace our differences; to strive for harmony in this world of terrorism
and the absolute must to protect our children…
I am Woman presents a nuanced view of how we could be living our lives in the near future; valuing parenthood, family and paid work, and where we treat one another with respect. A future in which we do things different to the past and perhaps, even in this present.
A world where we can thrive to treat each other with greater respect and empathy within this fragile society.
The #Metoo movement has shown us it is time for us to change behaviour and the ways women and men relate to one another. We do have the power to do this and make a positive difference in our world.
It is now time that we question how to work and live, and how to achieve the mythical work-life balance so as contributors to our communities, we can protect and nurture our family in contemporary society.
Anita Selzer’s eye-opening journey to discovery shows us in the simplest, even perhaps obvious ways, how we can adjust the perception about success by sharing her experiences of life, love and laughs. The delicate honesty and realness of her narrative is compelling and moving but most of all, it is from the heart of a genuine and talented woman who believes in what we all know yet are trapped in our lives, often too busy or too unwilling to look beyond what is…to what can be…
‘I wrote it with women of childbearing age in mind...’ Anita says. ‘To make them think about how to live their lives; baby-boomers, the sandwich generation who may have suffered a burn out like me, doing too much and not taking proper care of themselves in the process and for women who have experienced heartache in a relationship that breaks down – which would be almost every woman alive! I wrote the book to share aspects of my life that may help others to change theirs for the better. I sincerely hope the book opens up minds and hearts to question and improve how we are living life…’
Anita Selzer is the highly acclaimed author of eleven books in non-fiction for children and adults with an interest in women and history. She has written about Australian sportswomen who achieved at high levels including the Olympics: athletes, basketballers, golfers, hockey players, netballers and swimmers; girls’ education in Australia; governors’ wives in Australia and the pastoral pioneers of Como House. Before becoming a writer, Anita was a teacher of English and Politics and completed Masters and Doctorate degrees in Education, focusing on gender and history. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies and lives in Melbourne with her family.
Her previous book ‘I am Sasha’ was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards in 2019 (Young People’s History).
Praise for I AM SASHA by Anita Selzer - Based on the experiences of the author’s own father and retold using her grandmother’s memoir, this extraordinary story remained a family secret until their death. Now author Anita Selzer documents the astounding lengths that her grandmother went to, to protect her family.
‘A remarkable act of love by writing.’ - Morris Gleitzman
‘A compelling reminder of the cruelty of discrimination . . . and a testament to a boy’s bravery, sublimating his true identity in the face of ever-present danger.’ - Simon French
Anita's impressive achievements include: -
Peter Fensham Education Scholarship 1989: Education Faculty, Monash University. Fensham was the former Dean of the faculty. I was awarded this scholarship for the PhD work that I did in that time, but discontinued the study after having 3 children in 3 years. However, I managed to have several academic papers published on my doctoral findings during that period. And I re-started the doctorate in 2005 or 2006 to complete it by 2008. It was and still is very significant to me.
For my PhD, I was awarded scholarships from Monash University: Australian postgraduate award from Monash University in 2005-2006.
And for a postdoctoral publication of my PhD findings in an academic journal, I was awarded another scholarship: a postgraduate publication award from Monash University in 2008.
For my book, I am Sasha, I was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Prize along with 2 other candidates in 2019.
Why I wrote the book: When I started writing this book, 2 things happened that influenced its direction: the #Metoo movement, followed by the birth of my grandson. Each event opened up a window through which to view life, the world in which I live and made me question how as a society we are living and how women are relating to each other.
How did you decide on the characters?
As the book is non-fiction, I wanted to pay homage to my deceased loved ones who influenced my development as a woman and person.
What was the biggest challenge when writing the book?
Revealing my inner feelings and sharing some of my painful experiences.
After having read the manuscript, former Publishing Director of Penguin, Bob Sessions commented that he thought women would respond well to the book, recognising many of their own issues in it. Editor, Marion Lucy thought the same.
I wrote it with women of childbearing age in mind to make them think about how they’d like to live their lives; baby-boomers, the sandwich generation who may have suffered a burn out like me, doing too much and not taking proper care of themselves in the process and for women who have experienced heartache in a relationship that breaks down –that would be almost every woman alive!
I may be seen as politically incorrect or controversial saying that treating one another with love, care and respect should be the focus rather than being fixated on gender equality. The #MeToo movement has demonstrated a need for that.
The same goes for my view on gender equality in combat where I don’t think women should be placed in the same roles as men that require physical strength if the women don’t have it. And if it is essential in the task at hand. Women should be placed in roles where they can perform and excel like intelligence, and other where their capabilities can be useful and shine.
Perhaps, a unique angle is my view that we need to value parenthood much more in our society as it is currently undervalued in my opinion.
I favour parents caring for children until kindergarten if possible, to foster and cement close parent-child bonds –
perhaps that is unique or controversial, depending on how one sees it.
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