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Emily Dorothea Pavy

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Emily Dorothea Pavy (neé Proud), was born on 19th June 1885 in North Adelaide. She completed her BA at the University of Adelaide in 1906 and upon completion taught for five years at Kyre College in Adelaide. It was during this time that Pavy began steadily involving herself in the Progressive Club for factory girls, becoming passionate in the fight for the rights of working women. After winning the first Catherine Helen Spence scholarship for sociology in 1912, Pavy went on to complete a D.Sc. at the London School of Economics, investigating the industrial conditions of female factory workers. Pavy’s thesis Welfare Work was published in 1916, and after an enthusiastic contribution to the preface of her book by Prime Minister Lloyd George, was selected to assist in the newly established welfare department at the Ministry of Munitions (1915-1919). As a result of Pavy’s highly valued work within the department, the British government awarded her the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1917. Upon returning to Australia (1924), Pavy commenced legal studies at the University of Adelaide before being admitted to the bar in 1928, continuing her passionate advocacy for women’s rights. At the University of Adelaide, she lectured in the social sciences, and continued as a member of the Helen Spence Memorial Scholarship Committee until 1962. Emily Pavy passed away on 8th September 1967.