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The wonderful Mary Owen
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The wonderful Mary Owen

Mary and I met at twelve years ago at a Footscray writing workshop organised by her daughter Wendy. Mary was the oldest person in our group, but had the uninhibited enthusiasm of a school child - the sort that was bursting to share their work, but instead of raising their hand, couldn’t help but blurt out what they needed to say. When Arnold Zable asked us to write about an object of special significance to us, Mary wrote about a hand-cranked sewing machine she called ‘The wonderful Withers Werthiem.’

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Remembering Jean Tom AO (1922-2017) Founding VWT Trustee
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Remembering Jean Tom AO (1922-2017) Founding VWT Trustee

Committed to increasing opportunities for women, particularly for rural women, Jean played a key role in the final deliberations to set up the Victorian Women's Trust. Part of the formal minutes of a meeting in January 1985 records that Jean had to hurriedly leave the meeting after a telephone call to inform her that her Kyneton farm was ablaze.

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Let’s sing: Interview with Nu-Soul Sensation Hailey Cramer
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Let’s sing: Interview with Nu-Soul Sensation Hailey Cramer

Melbourne nu-soul performer Hailey Cramer has been passionate music maker her whole life. With a voice that 'can knock the wind out of any audience with half a breath to spare', Hailey has performed and collaborated extensively on both the Australian and international music circuits. We chatted about mixtapes, grandmothers and gender equality with Hailey, who will be performing at our June fundraiser Let's Dance!

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Now that we have your attention
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Now that we have your attention

Leena van Deventer talks about life after workplace diversity. Teaching girls to code is all well and good, but what comes happens after that? As a game developer, educator and author Leena understands all to well what it means to be out numbered in the workplace. And as she says, 'the struggle doesn't end with people getting hired'. If we really want diversity through and through — we need to start at the top.

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