Ed Marchin’ On

20 / 03 / 2014

G’day and welcome to the March edition of Sheilas – the month in which we celebrate International Women’s Day, and when predictably some people ask why we need such a day (because every other day tends to be for blokes?) and when some people question feminism in general (I’m looking at you, Janet Albrechtsen). I think the content in this edition of Sheilas just goes to show exactly why feminism is still very relevant, indeed.

In this edition, we reproduce the fabulous Pamela Denoon 2014 IWD lecture from Wendy McCarthy AO – with permission from both the Pamela Denoon Lecture Committee and Wendy herself. The lecture topic is Past Victories and Present Challenges:┬áHas Feminism failed Australian women?and while McCathy admits the short answer is ‘no’, please don’t let this dissuade you from reading the entire piece – it’s well worth it!

Also, on the IWD theme, my Polly Ticks column this month, ‘Myth Busting Feminism‘, looks at the responses to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s gasp-worthy admission that he’s a feminist, and Senator Michaelia Cash’ admission she’s not – including debunking a blistering column on feminism by the Australian newspaper’s Janet Albrechtsen. Also included as a postscript to this piece are two contributions from Daylesford Secondary College students Lotus Hackenberger and Chloe Wrigley – given at a Daylesford IWD event where they shared the stage with VWT Executive Director Mary Crooks.

We also publish Georgie Proud’s news feature ‘Justice for Lisa‘, on the trial of Simon Gittany, who was recently found responsible for the murder of Lisa Harnum. Intimate partner homicides occur in Australia every week – surely proof of the need for feminism and the crucial work (often by feminists, nod again to Janet) that needs to continue.

Also this month:

– our resident cartoonist Judy Horacek provides a corker! Love it. Thank you, Judy.

Beth Wilson looks at the ‘Culture of Leadership‘, examining the experience of former Victorian Police Commissioner Christine Nixon, in ‘Culture Club’

Janny Ryan provides a beautiful yarn about the struggles of navigating city terrain for the disabled, in First Person’s ‘Steep Ramps and Slow Progress’

– and Traute Hodson provides a neat snap capturing the sea of people out last Sunday for March in March, which attracted large crowds across the country in Keeping it Reel

Finally, a fantastic read in this month’s Bonza Sheila, thanks to the delightful responses from feminist writer and commentator Clementine Ford. Clementine proves that adopting the word ‘feminist’ can also be good for your love-life (for want of a better word, ahem). Thanks Clem! We look forward to publishing you again very soon.

Happy reading and Happy International Women’s Day.

Sarah Capper, Editor.