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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
44 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 Six simple words, the last three of which give rise to the realisation that what is well accepted today was not always the way. To be a woman in a male-world a hundred years ago was one thing, to be a female who undertook and completed tertiary studies was another. A further set of remonstrations lay within being a female in a fedgling profession that was already drawing medical opposition and where the very environment presented challenges that only the strong and determined person could overcome. Imagine the confuence of provocations with being a woman with a professional qualifcation practising chiropractic in a state of the USA that lacked licensure, as was the case for Dr Chance's maternal great aunt. Mary Ann Chance was a person who did not shirk from such challenges and her story is told by Alana Callender in this year's paper published in Dr Chance's honour. The colour of Mary Ann's journey is beautifully intertwined with that of 9 other women of similar ilk who, with Mary Ann, formed a circle of friends that cumulatively infuenced and indeed in many cases drove substantive change in chiropractic. One of these remarkable women was New Zealander Marcia Cerruty, who also became a strong and feisty pioneer of chiropractic in Australia. Dr Callender's contribution has a depth and richness beyond the sheer enjoyment of being a valuable contribution to the history-base of international chiropractic. It also provides a tapestry of understanding for the recent establishment of Women in Chiropractic, a progressive development by CAA Mary Ann Chance was a Woman. Victoria for the express purpose of mentoring the growth of women chiropractors, and for providing on-call support at those diffcult times unique to professional women when patient behaviour crosses the boundaries. As a chiropractic educator this writer was mentored by Dr Chance to appreciate the importance of the development of a balanced profession. It is pleasing to note this led to at least one Australian program achieving a signifcant shift in its gender balance in the classroom with over 50% of students now being women, and currently within another university-based chiropractic group where about 80% of the learners are women. Added to this richness is the achievement of graduating Australia’s frst Muslim woman chiropractor, followed in subsequent years by others. Today it may be easier for enlightened males to live the principles of equality, but in the days of Dr Chance men presumed they were superior and women, subjugated. This year's memorial paper is a tribute to a circle of women chiropractors who changed the world, one crusty subjugation at a time. Phillip Ebrall BAppSc(Chiropractic), Grad Cert Tert Learning & Teaching, PhD, FICC, FACC Professor of Chiropractic, CQUniversity Australia Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, International Medical Uni- versity, Malaysia Senior Education Advisor, Tokyo College of Chiropractic, Japan Assistant Editor
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