Welcome Sheilas Readers!

12 / 07 / 2012

G’day, and welcome to the very first edition of Sheilas – a monthly, national e-publication brought to you by the Victorian Women’s Trust.

Sheilas aims to provide high quality analysis through top shelf contributors, not beholden to a 24-hour kneejerk reactive news cycle.

We pledge to inform, inspire, and engage with readers on critical issues … and provide some light relief along the way.

To kick off this first edition of Sheilas, our two lead articles provide the kind of bold, thoughtful, analytical writing you can come to expect in future editions:

– Lawyer Viv Waller (representing male victims of Christian Brothers)  exposes the sinister reality and cover-ups of child sex abuse at St Alipius, a Catholic school in Ballarat

– Academics Dr Sara Charlesworth and Paula Mcdonald examine the fraught complaints process in undertaking workplace sexual harassment cases highlighted in their recent research report, the first of its kind in Australia

Along with this kind of critical thinking on social issues, each month expect to see:

Horacek! Artwork by renowned cartoonist and author Judy Horacek.

Polly Ticks: a regular round-up of political news by yours truly.

A Bonza Sheila: a QnA piece showcasing a woman we betroth such a title to.

Culture Club: An arts, society and culture ‘corner’ combining reviews, excerpts, and features.

Keeping it Reel: a regular Sheilas image section celebrating ‘Pictures of You’ – the lived experience of women and the smile lines it generates.


How will it work?

Sheilas will be published online and sent to a subscriber base during the second week of each month.

In between editions, we will also send our Sheilas Monthly Mail to subscribers. This will include links to articles from other publications – a round-up of interesting news and information relating to women and girls.

Importantly, while Sheilas is subscriber based, it’s FREE! So please help us spread the word by forwarding on to your friends, family and colleagues – bonza sheilas and bonza blokes – and encouraging them to subscribe via the website or email at sarah@vwt.org.au.


Why the name ‘Sheilas’?

We wanted to choose a word that was synonymous with ‘Australian women’ and complemented other online independent media in their nod to a colloquialism.


Writers, Contributors and Photographers Please Note:

We welcome contributions and can offer payment on certain pieces. If you have an idea for an article, please send us an email at sarah@vwt.org.au.

Photographers of all persuasions should check out the Keeping it Reel section celebrating ‘Pictures of You’ – the lived experience of women. If you wish to submit a photo for publication, please email us at sarah@vwt.org.au.


Feedback welcome!

Any feedback on Sheilas articles and content is always welcome. Please direct all feedback to Sheilas editor Sarah Capper at sarah@vwt.org.au.



We aim to publish a variety of views on important social issues.  Please note, the views published on Sheilas are the author’s and not necessarily those of the Victorian Women’s Trust.  For more information contact Sarah at the Victorian Women’s Trust by phone or email at sarah@vwt.org.au.