Dr Catherine Bishop grew up in Whanganui. She completed her first degree at Victoria University in Wellington, before working as a maths teacher, bookseller and mother in the UK and Australia. She finished her PhD at the Australian National University in 2012 and now lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. Her first book, Minding Her Own Business: Colonial businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth, 2015), won the prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize in 2016. She currently holds a research fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council at Macquarie University, where she is writing a history of women in business in twentieth-century Australia. The research for Women Mean Business was assisted by a New Zealand History Trust Award.
' ...the extraordinary scope of the author's empirical research and her confident historical vision in assessing its significance combine to make this an important, illuminating, and highly readable book.' Economic History Review reviews Minding her own business: colonial businesswomen in Sydney by Catherine Bishop (17 April 2018)