All About Women Satellite event

Live from the Sydney Opera House

You don't need to be at the Sydney Opera House to experience the main stage action of All About Women. We're excited to partner with the Sydney Opera House to live stream highlights from the popular festival. The  All About Women Satellite Program invites you to reflect on the past and imagine the future of feminism.

Why not make it a great women’s day out with your friends? Combine your participation in the All About Women festival with a visit to Maitland Regional Art Gallery exhibitions and lunch at Café Seraphine beforehand. Bring along your All About Women booking confirmation for a 15% discount in the Gallery Shop.

Sunday 4 March
12.45pm - 5.30pm
Maitland Town Hall

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12.45pm - 2.00pm.
Grabbing back: women in the age Of Trump

Panel event featuring Fran Lebowitz, Francesca Donner and Sophia Nelson

‘I think putting a wife to work is a dangerous thing,’ Trump said in a 1994 interview. Since entering office, Trump’s administration has eroded the rights of women by worsening conditions for female-dominated, low-income industries and legislating against reproductive rights. Communities of colour have similarly been targeted by proposed immigration laws, education policies, and more. But resistance is springing up. Nasty women are uniting. Trump has inspired conversations, marches, and many, many memes. In fact, he has delivered women a new challenge: how do we respond to the new world order?

#metoo: the making of a movement

Tarana Burke and Tracey Spicer

Tarana Burke is one of Time Magazine's People of the Year. She also founded Me Too movement in 2007 when she began a campaign to amplify the voices of victims of sexual harassment. Building on her work, actress Alyssa Milano began the hashtag #metoo in October 2017, sparking 12 million posts and reactions in the first 24 hours from women worldwide.

Similarly, veteran Australian journalist Tracey Spicer is currently investigating sexual abuse and harassment in the media.

Together, these two fierce and furious women will explore how a mass movement is built, and question what the consequences of calling out abusers might be. Is this a turning point in the history of male power and protection, are outdated systems of silence and collusion being dismantled before our eyes, or will everything soon return to how it’s always been? We are living through this unique cultural moment, and we need to ask some important questions: Why now, when it’s been going on so long? Will there be a backlash? And most importantly, what's going to change?

4.00pm -5.30pm
Suffragettes to social media: waves of feminism

Panel event featuring Barabara Caine, Nakkiah Lui, Anne Summers and Rebecca Walker

While it’s hard to put a starting date on a complex social movement, modern western feminism has been around for about a hundred years. To celebrate, we are taking stock of what we’ve achieved, and looking at what’s left to fight for.

We're welcomed in the workplace, but women's work is often undervalued and underpaid. We have a measure of reproductive freedom but are still frighteningly vulnerable to sexual violence.

Each wave of feminism has faced extraordinary challenges. This panel will be a meeting of the generations as we look to an optimistic future: no feminist, aspiring or jaded, can afford to miss it.

Sydney Opera House and Maitland City Library present  an All About Women Satellite event