Ed’s December Note

13 / 12 / 2012

This will be our final edition of ‘Sheilas’ for the year. And it’s truly a national edition at that – our contributors and featured women come from, or reside in, the Northern Territory, Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Our two feature pieces for this month both originate from speeches, and while both are very different, they concern the power of women:

– Northern Territorian Pam Robinson provides us with an edited version of her keynote speech on ‘Women and Leadership’, which examines her past experience at a very male-dominated meeting in Melbourne. Even though this meeting occured in the early 80s, it should still resonate with readers today. Be sure to check out the great tips towards the end of the speech.

– University of NSW Law Professor Megan Davis provides us with a copy of her 2012 NAARM Oration delivered at the University of Melbourne, on the limitations of self-determination and ways forward for Aboriginal women. I was privileged to be in the audience of this special oration – along with Victorian Women’s Trust Board Members Dur-e Dara and Leanne Miller (who heads up Koorie Women Mean Business which shares office space with the VWT) – and we all left the Melbourne University event buzzing with inspiration following Megan’s talk. We have re-produced it in full here for Sheilas readers – and even though it’s lengthy, it’s well worth the read.

Also this month:

– Judy Horacek gives us a special Christmas themed cartoon,

Polly Ticks looks at the 2012 political year,

A Bonza Sheila features author, broadcaster and commentator Susan Mitchell,

– Film enthusiast Janny Ryan takes a look at the influential life of Diana Vreeland, with a review of the documentary ‘The Eye Has to Travel‘, in Culture Club,

– and our Keeping it Reel image this month comes courtesy of Margie Brown, with an image of her Mother Jill Pierce.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed putting Sheilas together in 2012. My personal thanks to VWT Executive Director Mary Crooks and Project and Communications Support Officer Elisabeth Morgan who, along with myself, make up the ‘Sheilas’ operations triangle. Their support has been pivotol.

Thanks so much for reading, subscribing, and sending us your feedback. Best wishes over the Summer break.

Sarah Capper, Sheilas Editor, sheilas@vwt.org.au