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Sunday 5 March 2017

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Arrive at 10am, and from 10.20am, start the morning with the renowned Geena Davis in her talk, Women and Media. Sharing her insight into Hollywood and the global film industry, Geena will discuss how far we still need to travel before girls can see the variety of women they want to become in the films they watch, the shows they stream and the media they absorb every day.

Next, go backstage in an All About Women Satellite exclusive with Jessa Crispin to explore the ideas in her latest book, Why I Am Not A Feminist.

STAY WITH US FOR A LOCAL PANEL DISCUSSION AT 12.00PM

A Pussy Parade? When A March Becomes A Movement. 

Virginia Haussegger | Host

A vibrant third wave of feminist activism is making its presence felt in some of the biggest human rights marches on record. Women and their supporters are more vocal than ever in both conventional and social media. A tipping point seems to have been reached about the validity of gender and cultural equity, representation and empowerment.

Are things really changing in the arts, in the workplace, in the parliament?

Who is threatened by these changes and working quietly (or not so quietly) to resist them?

Join Virginia Haussegger in conversation with Amanda Palmer, Zoya Patel, Alana Valentine, and The Hon. Senator, Katy Gallagher as they look at 21st century protest and ask, Who has really joined the march for equality and why are some still resisting it?

WOMEN & MEDIA
Geena Davis

Geena Davis has a rare insight into Hollywood and the global film industry – and she knows how far we still need to travel before girls can see the variety of women they want to become in the films they watch, the shows they stream and the media they absorb every day. How does film and TV culture reproduce gender stereotypes? And how can we change the industry so that it reflects and celebrates real women and girls? 

Academy Award winner Geena Davis, one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, is recognised for her tireless advocacy of gender equality in media nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which is successfully influencing film and television content creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media targeting children 11 and under. She is an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is also the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.

Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an award winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the USA’s 13th-ranked archer, and a semi-finalist in the Olympic Trials), and a member of the genius society Mensa. Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.

WHY ARE YOU NOT A FEMINIST?
Backstage Q&A with Jessa Crispin

Jessa Crispin is the founder and editor of online literary magazines Bookslut (2012-2016) and Spolia (2015-present). She is also the author of The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries – an exploration of herself and other historical figures who have travelled in search of new beginnings.

In an All About Women Satellite exclusive, go backstage at the Sydney Opera House with Jessa to explore the ideas in her latest book, Why I Am Not A Feminist. Has contemporary feminism grown so tame, cowardly and irrelevant that it barely challenges the status quo? Have feminists traded liberation for acceptance? What will it take to wake the movement up?

 

PROGRAM

10.30–11.30AM Women & Media: GEENA DAVIS (Sydney Opera House streaming)

11.35–11.55AM Exclusive backstage Q & A: Why Are You Not a Feminist? with Jessa Crispin (Sydney Opera House streaming) Morning tea available for purchase.

12.00–1.00PM Live local panel discussion

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Sydney Opera House & Canberra Theatre Centre

CATEGORY
Special event / other

DURATION
195 minutes, including intervals.

WARNING
TBC

SUIT CHILDREN? 
This is not for children.

Venue:
The Playhouse
2017 seating plan The Playhouse


 

Live panel discussion

A Pussy Parade? When A March Becomes A Movement. 

Virginia Haussegger | Host

A vibrant third wave of feminist activism is making its presence felt in some of the biggest human rights marches on record. Women and their supporters are more vocal than ever in both conventional and social media. A tipping point seems to have been reached about the validity of gender and cultural equity, representation and empowerment.

Are things really changing in the arts, in the workplace, in the parliament?

Who is threatened by these changes and working quietly (or not so quietly) to resist them?

Join Virginia Haussegger in conversation with Amanda Palmer, Zoya Patel, Alana Valentine, and The Hon. Senator, Katy Gallagher as they look at 21st century protest and ask, Who has really joined the march for equality and why are some still resisting it?

SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER

Katy Gallagher began her political career when she was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2001. In 2011, Katy was elected as Chief Minister of the ACT.

In 2015 Senator Gallagher was appointed to Labor’ Shadow Ministry as Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, and Shadow Minister for Mental Health.

Following the 2016 election Senator Gallagher received shadow portfolio responsibility as Labor’s Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services and is the Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate. Katy grew up in the ACT, and currently lives in Canberra with her partner, three children and two dogs.

@senkatyg

VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER

Virginia Haussegger AM is a passionate women’s advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.

Virginia has reported from around the globe for leading current affair programs on Channel 9, the Seven Network and the ABC. For the past 15 years she has anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra. She is widely published, both as a former columnist with the Canberra Times, and a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

In late 2016 Virginia was appointed to head a new gender equality initiative, the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), where she is an Adjunct Professor.

In 2014 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community, as an advocate for women’s rights and gender equity, and to the media. Virginia has served on a number of boards and committees including; UN Women National Committee Australia; the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust, and the Australia Forum Steering Committee. She currently sits on the Board of the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation; Women in Media Canberra; and is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.

AMANDA PALMER

Provocative, irreverent, controversial and wildly creative, Amanda Palmer is a fearless singer, songwriter, playwright, blogger and an audaciously expressive pianist who simultaneously embraces – and explodes – traditional frameworks of music, theatre and art. Amanda first came to global prominence as one half of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls.

Amanda was invited to present a “TED Talk” at TED’s 2013 Conference. To date her talk, “The Art of Asking”, has been viewed more than 8.1 million times worldwide and in late 2014 she expanded her philosophy into a book, which was released worldwide and topped the New York Times best sellers list.

She continues to wildly successfully subvert traditional business practices by self releasing art direct to over 8,500 of her fans on a regular basis via subscription service Patreon.

@amandapalmer

ZOYA PATEL

Zoya Patel founded online feminist journal Feminartsy in 2014, following four years as Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine. Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year.

@zoyajpatel

ALANA VALENTINE

Alana Valentine’s adaptation of Frank Moorhouse’s novel Cold Light plays The Street Theatre 4 – 18 March, 2017. Alana recently wowed Canberra audiences with Letters to Lindy, the Merrigong Theatre production (CTC August 2016). The Street Theatre has presented Head Full of Love in 2015, MP in 2011 and Butterfly Dandy in 2005. Alana is again working with Bangarra Dance Theatre as dramaturg on Bennelong (CTC August 2017) after working with them on Patyegarang (CTC 2014). In 2014 Alana won three AWGIE Awards including the Inaugural David Williamson Award for Excellence in Writing for the Australian Theatre.

In 2016 she had her first USA production, Soft Revolution at Venus Theatre in Maryland. Venus Theatre will present the world premiere of The Ravens in November 2017. In December 2017 Barbara and the Camp Dogs, co-written with Ursula Yovich, will be presented at Belvoir.

Alana spent extended time in Canberra at the National Library when she received a Harold White Fellowship in 2013. In September 2017 the NLA will publish Dear Lindy, a compilation of letters from the Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton collection. Alana’s plays are published by Currency Press and her website is www.alanavalentine.com.

 

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