This is a scheduled post, as I am away at the moment.

Welcome to another Friday Spotlight. I’ll feature a few of these, and will then start to alternate them with Friday Click & Run and Friday Review Share. Authors can email me at with details of their book, together with a cover and bio, and I’ll feature them on a Friday. Just put ‘Friday Spotlight‘ in the subject box.

So… let’s turn the second Friday Spotlight on to Suzanne Newnham, an Australian writer, trance medium and health advocate, who is the author of a new memoir, ‘What Glass Ceiling?’, a memoir about her mother Patricia Julianne Evans (nee Morris).

Patricia Evans/Morris was one of the earliest women to work in accounting in Australia. Patricia talks about her dual role of family and career, with professional and social expectations through each decade interweaving her story, including events and quotations which are from her perspective. She explains how she mentored others, encouraging them to step out of society’s expectations of women, and the disadvantaged whatever their perceived handicap. Patricia discusses her extensive voluntary work with a diverse range of organisations, whether teaching bookkeeping via correspondence for an ‘unwed mothers’ home in the late 1950s early 1960, maintaining the books for a group fighting for fair conditions for its workers, or as treasurer and fundraiser for community-based organisations.

In 1949 Patricia was BORAL’s 1st female accountant; 1968 only two years after the Australian Marriage Bar was lifted she initiated her first of many workplace family-friendly contracts; in recognition as a pioneer in the predominantly male field of accounting Patricia was accepted into the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017. The following year, in time for the 70th anniversary of qualifying as a Federal Accountant, Patricia Evans was included in their public-accessible educational database ‘Herstory’ Archive. In 2021 at 93 years-of-age Patricia was guest speaker in 2021 for Boral’s Women’s Leadership group, and recognised by Boral for International Women’s Day, and for Boral’s 75th anniversary Patricia as an inspiration to others is featured on the poster to all their employees.

Patricia’s motto is: “Never underestimate what you can do in life”

About the author:

Suzanne Newnham is a published writer and a contributor to numerous journals, a health advocate for chronic pain management, and a researcher into chronic pain using Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation. Suzanne is Patricia’s daughter and never knew that a glass ceiling existed for women as her mother’s mantra was, and still is: “You are capable of doing whatever you want to do”.

Suzanne is grateful for Patricia’s permission in 2013 to write a story on living in Palings and the Centre of Sydney, for the Sydney Fellowship of Australian Writers’ 85th anniversary. Since then, Suzanne has been researching Patricia’s pioneering story so that it can be passed on to inspire future generations.

Suzanne’s other books include: Ethics of a Psychic Reading; co-author of four novellas; stories in two anthologies on the Black Summer bushfires; as well as for 20+ years articles in scientific journals and industry magazines.

Genre: non-fiction. Memoir biography; Women’s studies and leadership; Australian social history.


Release date: 8 July 2021

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