All About Women
You don't need to be at the Sydney Opera House on 10 March to experience the main stage action of All About Women. We're excited to be streaming three headline sessions live from this preeminent festival on gender.
All About Women features emerging new voices from around the world speaking to future directions in feminism.
Presented by Maitland City Library in partnership with Sydney Opera House’s satellite program, All About Women will provoke thought and push boundaries.
See below for program. Book now for individual events or come to all. It's free.
If you experience difficulties when booking tickets please call us on 4933 6952.
Panel | Emily Steel, Sohaila Abdulali and Tina Tchen, moderated by Lenore Taylor.
A decade since the Me Too campaign began, and a year since #metoo rocked the entertainment industry, there has been a clear cultural shift. Has this impacted on the way power functions, or is it temporary and superficial? This accomplished panel will explore how the movement must evolve to represent women worldwide and create long lasting cultural and political change.
Tina Tchen is the former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and Special Assistant to President Barack Obama. During her eight years at the White House, Tina Tchen served as Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls and led the first White House Summit on Working Families as well as the first United State of Women Summit. Tchen is a partner at Buckley, LLP, where she leads the firm’s cultural compliance practice, and a co-founder of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund.
Emily Steel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist, who penned explosive investigations into sexual harassment claims against Fox News host, Bill O'Reilly and Vice Media.
Sohaila Abdulali is an Indian author, former rape crisis centre worker and the first Indian gang rape survivor to speak out about her experience, expounded upon in her book, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape.
Lenore Taylor is the Editor of The Guardian Australia.
Panel | Aya Chebbi, Dima Matta and Randa Abdel-Fattah, moderated by Sara Saleh
In a global feminist movement, our understanding of women's rights needs to extend beyond the English-speaking world. Going far beyond stereotypes, this is an invaluable insight into the underground of feminist activism across the Arab
Moderator and co-curator
Sara Saleh is an Arab-Australian human rights and refugee advocate, grassroots activist and creative artist who will be co-curating a panel on Feminism in the Arab World
Randa Abdel Fattah is Sydney-based author, lawyer and human rights advocate
Aya Chebbi is a Tunisian feminist who was the first African Union Youth Envoy and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet
Dima Matta is a Beirut university professor and storyteller
Panel | Julie Bishop, Linda Burney, Sarah Hanson-Young and Julia Banks, moderated by Jacqueline Maley
Women have a huge amount to contribute to public life and our society would benefit from greater female representation in parliament. Join this frank discussion between some of the most senior female politicians in the country about the pitfalls and rewards of their jobs, and how we can shift the culture so girls who want to grow up to be PM are inspired, not discouraged.
Julie Bishop is the Liberal Federal Member for Curtin
Linda Burney is the ALP Federal Member for Barton
Sarah Hanson-Young is the Greens Senator for South Australia
Julia Banks is the Independent Federal Member for Chisholm
Jacqueline Maley is a senior journalist and columnist for Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Opera House and Maitland City Library present an All About Women Satellite event