a baby hand being held by a grandmother

21st-century Grandmothers

COVID-19 has meant that – in many cases – we are limited in our contact with our grandparents and much of the media focus has been on the fragility of older people in aged care homes.  But an essay by Gillian Triggs (academic and former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission) reminds us that today’s generation of grandmothers grew up protesting and have now become social activists.  In an extract from Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-century Grandmothers (Text Publishing) Gillian Triggs writes about her experiences of being a grandmother and granddaughter.

Friday essay: today’s grandmothers grew up protesting. Now they have nothing to lose