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Zelda’s work as a progressive woman will continue to live on

"I hope it’s neither too cute nor impertinent to say that Zelda was my elder. Not in a familial sense, of course, and not just on the obvious score, in that she was older than me. I mean in a spiritual sense. Zelda was a leader, an authority figure, and I looked up to her, from a reverent distance." Dr. Clare Wright gave this speech at Zelda D'Aprano's Memorial on the 23rd March 2018.

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Ride or die

When women support other women, powerful things happen. But when the line between friendship and work relationship becomes blurred, it's time for a reset. Lucille Cutting, co-creator of The Pin, understands this all too well.

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Teaching girls about money is a Super idea!

If you’re a woman in your 20s and 30s, Jan Fran reckons you should be thinking about your money because it’ll pay off down the track.

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Brand New Sub-fund Built Across Generations

For the first time in our history we have a mother daughter duo, Prue and Liz Brown, establishing a Sub-Fund with the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust. Prue and Liz see that providing women and girls with education and opportunities is the key to making sure they have the best chance to reach their full potential. In establishing a Sub-Fund, they have taken their commitment to the next level, supporting  the next generation of young African-Australian women and girls.

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Zelda D'Aprano was a feminist trailblazer

Zelda D'Aprano was known for her decades of activism for the rights of women. She chained herself to the Commonwealth building in 1969 to protest pay inequality, refused to pay the full tram fare (because women were not paid a full wage) and spoke out against injustice. Here she is in conversation with VWT Board Member Leena van Deventer in 2017.

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What makes me a woman?

'I dare you to understand what makes me a woman.'

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Your Guide to International Women’s Day 2018

Your go-guide to IWD 2018 in and around Melbourne. [Image by Tyler Feder]

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Feminists Resolutions That Will Last

Clem Bastow is scrapping New Year's resolutions in favour something far more lasting: feminist resolutions.

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Partnerships that make us: Mary & Alana's story

“Loyalty and trust takes us to greater heights than most because we’re prepared to take the ride.”

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Three Things I'd Tell my 16 Year Old Self

Essential reading for everyone who has ever, or will ever, navigate those tricky years of adolescence.

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Don’t Stop the Music—Stop the Sexual Assault.

There has never been research into sexual violence at music festivals in Australia - until now.

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Digital Safety: A guide for women

Navigating digital spaces as a woman can be a real challenge. Casimira Melican has tips on how to make your time online safer.

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Small Grants, Big Vision

Our 2018 Small Grants Program is all about strengthening women’s economic security—here's why.

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Women Who Give

Research shows that being someone who gives, means greater happiness overall.

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The Mother Load

Is the question of economic security for women – waged and unwaged – simply too vexed for our nation to handle?

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Dear Patriarchy: Watch Out. Yours sincerely, Women of 2018.

I’m calling it early; 2018 is the year of the woman. Only days in and we’ve already seen a tremendous display of solidarity, bravery, strength...

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Meet our new board members

We're delighted to announce the appointment of four passionate community leaders to the Victorian Women's Trust Board!

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#MeToo: Can We Stop Protecting Predators and Start Supporting People?

Now that #MeToo is gaining traction, it’s time for us to collectively address how we treat people who’ve experienced sexual abuse and harassment.

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Frances Cannon: "it was so freeing when I discovered feminism and opened my mind."

Artists like Frances Cannon are a balm to all the negativity directed towards our bodies every day. Her Instagram feed is both a visual feast...

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Solving the Case of the Missing Women

"We can't find enough women. Where are all the women?" This question is asked at the Financial Review Westpac 100 Women of Influence dinner, where...

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Why we've introduced a menstrual policy and you should too

The VWT has been trialling a menstrual leave policy and it’s been a great success. VWT staffers Casimira Melican and Grace Mountford explain the importance of contemporary and progressive workplaces in supporting people who experience menstruation and menopause.

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My Feminism

"The local women’s march is pink-dressed, determined, alive. The cheering chanting mass streams past the inner-Sydney sights. A bold sign centre-crowd floating up on high says: I’ll see all you nice white ladies at the next Black Lives Matter march, right? My feminism is intersectional, or my feminism is a lie."

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