Trust Journal

#NotAllMen – How do you succeed in a man’s world?

What does it take to make it in a male dominated industry? Hear the bold, frank and often funny stories from the women who’ve done it. Judith Lucy (Comedian, Writer & Actor), Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Mechanical Engineer & Advocate) , Judy Horacek (Cartoonist), Leena Van Deventer (Game Developer, Writer & Educator) and Dr Toni Meath (Principal & Advocate) will share their stories of breaking the mould in #NotAllMen as part of Breakthrough 2016. Though we’ve made huge gains in gender equality, we know that many industries remain far from equal in their...

Read more

Enough is enough – It’s Time to Close the Pay Gap

It’s 2016 and Australian working women are still being denied the pay and rights they deserve. We say enough is enough - it's time to make a change! Joining us on this mission are organisers, researchers and workplace experts Ged Kearney (ACTU President), Colleen Chen, (co-founder, Interns Australia), Lyndall Stradzins (Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor) and Prof. Barbara Pocock (Emeritus Professor, University of South Australia). Don't miss this worthwhile She Works Harder for the Money breakout session at Breakthrough 2016.  The national gender pay gap is currently 16.2% and has hovered between 15% and 19% for the past...

Read more

The One and Only Rachel Griffiths is Joining Breakthrough!

Hold onto your hats everyone, the beloved Rachel Griffiths will be appearing at #Breakthrough2016! Rachel Griffiths first captured our hearts in the iconic Muriel’s Wedding, and has gone on to have a prolific career as an actor, and more recently as a director and producer. She is best known internationally for her roles in Six Feet Under (for which she won a Golden Globe) and Brothers and Sisters. Her role in Hilary and Jackie earned her an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. Recently Griffiths portrayed Julia Gillard in the TV movie Stalking...

Read more

What does it mean to be #SelfMade?

  ‘Self made’ is a combination of words that assert independence, vision and tenacity — which are perfect descriptors for entrepreneurs Jo Burston (founder Inspiring Rare Birds), Le Ho (Director Sustainable Solutions Group), Sheree Rubinstein (CEO, One Roof), Dr Viv Waller (Managing Partner, Waller Legal) and Bec Blurton (CEO Moorditj) each of whom will be sharing their stories in #SelfMade breakout session at Breakthrough 2016. Hear more about these trailblazing women and what success means to them — tickets on sale now.   To be self made, you have reached that point in the horizon marked ‘success’. But as we...

Read more

Gathering Space: #Breakthrough2016

Fri 25 + Sat 26 Nov 2016, over 1200 people will gather in the Melbourne Town, the Athenaeum and Baptist on Collins to talk about how we can create an equal society for all. Under the banner of Breakthrough, we will meet, exchange ideas, gather momentum as a group — in some of Melbourne's most charming public spaces. Take a peek inside our 2016 Breakthrough venues:   Melbourne Town Hall Completed in 1970, the Melbourne Town Hall was designed by Joseph Reed, a hugely influential Victorian era architect who also designed the State Library...

Read more

BIG news! Sheilas is on the move.

The Victorian Women's Trust has consistently been a proud supporter of putting women's voices on the public record since we started way back in 1985. Throughout our time as a leading advocate for women, we noticed there seemed to be a lack of media coverage and conversations around issues unique to the lives of women, all around Australia. For us, this wasn't good enough, so we came up with  a solution. We developed a online platform for showcasing women’s voices about these issues and it went by the name of Sheilas....

Read more

EMBRACING BETTER BODY IMAGE WITH FILMMAKER TARYN BRUMFITT

She might have stunned the world with an unexpected “Before” and “After” picture, but Taryn Brumfitt is more than a social media sensation. The body image activist, documentary maker and mother of three joins a stellar line-up of speakers at Breakthrough this November and girl, are we excited. If you had one word to describe your body, what would it be? That’s the question Taryn Brumfitt asked 100 women in the making of Embrace, a documentary released earlier this year exploring the global issue of body loathing. Sadly – but perhaps...

Read more

Our Interview with Tilly Lawless

Tilly Lawless is a queer sex worker, activist, uni graduate and horse rider from NSW.  In 2015, Tilly rose to fame when she took a stand against an anti-sex work article published on Mamamia (a piece which originally hailed from the blog of a US Christian group). In response, Tilly posted an image of herself on instagram, stating that “there is no singular story or person to represent the varied & complex experiences of all sex workers, but here is one face of prostitution amongst a myriad” along with the...

Read more

Meet Le Ho: A woman who will ‘never, ever give up.’

  As of 2016, women run 34% of all small businesses in Australia. That number is steadily growing, supported in part by a drive from female entrepreneurs to share information and resources, opening the business community up to more innovative women. One such woman is Le Ho. Arriving in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam, Le has successfully tried her hand at everything from bridal wear to waste management, turning a failing business into strong money maker. Since then, she has acted as both mentor and inspiration to other women entrepreneurs. Speaking to the...

Read more