Ed’s note

18 / 07 / 2014

Gday and welcome to our July 2014 edition of Sheilas, a date which represents our second year in print, woot toot.

In this edition we feature three women – Amy Gray, Clementine Ford and Karen Pickering – who have agreed to be speakers at our 31 July event – for friends and supporters of the Victorian Women’s Trust (which publishes Sheilas). The speakers will join others in debating ‘That there is a crisis of Trust in Australian politics‘. For details of this special event (bookings essential), click here.

In this edition, Amy Gray looks at the Abbott Government’s policies towards marriage and divorce, questioning whether the intent of the policies are grounded in any reality.

Clementine Ford looks at the dilemmas of being a feminist and ‘switching off’, when we live in a world saturated by popular culture.

And over at Culture Club, Karen Pickering reviews Tara Moss’ book ‘The Fictional Woman’.

Our resident cartoonist Judy Horacek also gifts us a classic that she thought would fit in well with our forthcoming event’s debating topic – many thanks Judy!

Polly Ticks looks at the new class of the federal Senate that formed earlier this month, with a round of ‘Senate Bingo’.

Our Bonza Sheila this month is the super inspiring Chantelle Baxter who heads up One Girl.

Isabelle Lane heads up First Person with a look at feminism and hip hop, and the history of silencing women, while in Keeping it Reel this month, Beth Nokes provides us with a throwback to the Qing Dynasty with a photo from her recent trip to Beijing.

Thanks for reading Sheilas over the last two years – it’s been one hell of a ride and we’re still loving it!


Sarah Capper, Editor