Karen Fox

Dr Karen Fox is a postdoctoral fellow in the National Centre of Biography and a research editor for the Australian Dictionary of Biography at The Australian National University. Karen completed her PhD at The Australian National University in 2009, and her MA at theUniversity of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2004.

Karen’s research interests include twentieth-century Australian and New Zealand history, imperial and colonial history, Indigenous Australian and Māori history, gender and feminist history, media history, the history of celebrity, and biography and life writing. She has taught Australian and imperial history at The Australian National University, and her research has appeared in the Women’s History Review and Aboriginal History.

Māori and Aboriginal Women in the Public Eye »

Representing Difference, 1950–2000

Authored by: Karen Fox
From 1950, increasing numbers of Aboriginal and Māori women became nationally or internationally renowned. Few reached the heights of international fame accorded Evonne Goolagong or Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and few remained household names for any length of time. But their growing numbers and visibility reflected the dramatic social, cultural and political changes taking place in Australia and New Zealand in the second half of the twentieth century. This book is the first in-depth study of media portrayals of well-known Indigenous women in Australia and New Zealand, including Goolagong, Te Kanawa, Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Dame Whina Cooper. The power of the media in shaping the lives of individuals and communities, for good or ill, is widely acknowledged. In these pages, Karen Fox examines an especially fascinating and revealing aspect of the media and its history — how prominent Māori and Aboriginal women were depicted for the readers of popular media in the past.