Archive for the "Feminism" Category

Pamela Denoon Lecture by Wendy McCarthy

Past Victories: Present Challenges.  Has Feminism failed Australian women
6:30pm Tuesday 11 March,
Manning Clarke Lecture Theatre 1

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The Pill and I – A personal and political reflection

It was in March 1964 that I swallowed my first oral contraceptive pill thoughtfully provided by a friend. I was 22 yrs old, in love and had already survived one unplanned pregnancy. The idea that I could be in charge of my own fertility by taking a pill which provided total protection against pregnancy and was not related to the sexual moment was breathtaking.

Better still, it was medically endorsed and therefore could be assumed to be safe. After all it was the sixties and no one questioned doctors. Our trust in the medical profession was absolute and the risks seeme…

The Governor general – a suitable job for a woman

Quentin Bryce’s appointment as Governor General is the best Big Idea announced this week and appropriately it happened before the 2020 Summit. The feedback in the community has been amazing and at the Sydney Institute dinner when the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd spoke of his achievements to date the applause was loud for the Apology and the appointment of the Governor General. Other items received perfunctory acknowledgement. A steady stream of people came to my table to express their joy that at last there was a woman in this position and a woman they admired even if they h…