Women’s History

Becoming Shelf Aware

Literature is something I have always loved. By the time I reached university, I could quote Fitzgerald lines about mysterious green light or the elusive American Dream but the only women in my favourite books were objects of desire or disdain. I was a strident feminist, posters on my wall, proud attendee of Slut Walk and yet, my reading didn’t match. I was stuck reading books I was told were ‘classics’ or ‘essential reading’ without realising none of them contained any women like me.  During an English Literature class in my third...

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John Cain Memorial Eulogy Speech

John Cain was a hugely important figure in my life, and in the lives of women and girls across the state. As premier from 1982-1990, he led one of the most progressive governments in 165 years of Victorian parliament. His contribution to gender equality was stunning.

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A message for every woman

Learn about the history behind these iconic feminist artworks by Carol Porter and the contemporary counterparts by Michelle Pereira.

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Tarana Burke, Founder of the Me Too Movement, live at the Collingwood Town Hall

Content warning: sexual violence → Support Services Above: timelapse video of an illustration by Sarah Firth (www.sarahthefirth.com) captured live on Mon 18 Nov 2019. Follow Sarah's incredible work on socials: @sarahthefirth What an experience! Our event with Tarana Burke on Monday night was truly an exceptional moment; one we are so grateful to have shared with you. 800 people gathered at Collingwood Town Hall to hear Me Too Founder Tarana Burke speaking alongside Dr. Kyllie Cripps (proud Pallawah woman and violence prevention expert); Kate Jenkins (Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner); Tracey Spicer AM (journalist);...

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Strong Black Women: the Me Too Movement and Aboriginal Women

"Robyn’s twin attributes of both being a strong Black woman, as well as her disconnectedness from activist circles, is the driving force behind my wanting to speak to her about these issues; I am keenly interested in her views on feminism, violence against Aboriginal women and children, and the Me Too Movement."

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