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    First Person LR Living with PCOS By Louise Richards It is quite a scary acronym – PCOS. And one I had heard nothing about until I was diagnosed three months ago.… Read more →
    First Person Nakia Youth Parliament Nakia Making Waves in Parliament By Nakia Cadd My name is Nakia Cadd, I’m a proud Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Bunitj woman from Melbourne. I’m an 18-year-old… Read more →
    First Person image1 Being Feminine Does Not Equal a Bad Feminist By Esther Davies-Brown This past week I have had a turnaround about my construction of feminism. In 2014 I graduated from Monash University with a… Read more →
    First Person Kiva two Loans That Change Lives By Terry McMeekin. For a number of years I have been supporting women in developing countries through a non-profit organisation named Kiva.  Kiva supporters provide… Read more →
    First Person Outer Sanctum The Outer Sanctum: Smart Women Talking Footy The Outer Sanctum Podcast is a place for football stories and passionate footy voices we don’t usually get to hear.  Brought to you by women… Read more →
    First Person IMG_2834 Diversity and Me Jill Nguyen is a communications graduate from the University of Melbourne. She has been volunteering with Melbourne City Mission since she was 18, and has also volunteered with… Read more →
    First Person Church What’s so of-fem-sive? This month for First Person we’ve had an original piece submitted to us from the depths of the unknown. Our writer discusses her experiences with… Read more →
    First Person Ruby Bell Headshot A Girl’s World This month for Sheilas women and sports theme, we’ve got the tremendously clever Ruby Bell with us once again, writing on her experience with the… Read more →
    First Person Hockey Masters image Hockey Masters This month for Sheilas, we’ve got a ripper article by Debbie Galtry and Kim Becker proving that age is no limit to getting back involved… Read more →
    First Person Kyana Hubbard Headshot NAIDOC Week: Our Celebration Back once again to the Sheilas stable, we welcome young Wardamen and Gurinji woman, Kyana Hubbard, who has shared her experience of NAIDOC Week with us!… Read more →
    First Person Stella Bridie As A Young Woman in Leadership Earlier this month, the Victorian Women’s Trust had the pleasure of having young Stella Bridie undertake her work experience at our office. Already an avid… Read more →
    First Person LisA Dibbs Tatt 'No Mans Woman' - crop Femmo Tatts For First Person this month we’ve had journalist and tattoo enthusiast Lisa Dib talking about her first, and definitely not last ‘Feminist’ tattoo and why… Read more →
    First Person Claudia Long Life as a ‘Gayby’ Twenty-four percent of gay and lesbian couples in Australia are now raising a child. In the UK, USA and Europe, it’s even more. These kids… Read more →
    First Person Kyana Hubbard Headshot Kyana’s Story For our First Person this month, we’ve received a piece from Kyana Hubbard, a young Indigenous woman from the Northern Territory who has become an… Read more →
    First Person sussnelson Public Space Where Everyone Benefits In this First Person, writer Susanna Nelson provides us with this piece on the latest attempt to siphon off child-free spaces (which, as Susanna explains,… Read more →
    First Person mother_son Sunday Morning, 6am In February of this year, the nation was shocked by news of the murder of 11 year-old Luke Batty, who was killed by his father… Read more →
    First Person Robin Williams Ending the Quarantine of Depression In the spirit of ending society's 'quarantine' around one of the biggest health issues we face: mental health, we need to talk about it. Amy Gray reports ... Read more →
    First Person isabelleface (2) Women’s Public Voices in Modern Times Isabelle Lane re-joins the Sheilas fold this month with this First Person take on feminism and hip-hop. Citing Mary Beard’s London Review of Books speech… Read more →
    First Person steph Law and Disorder In this month’s ‘First Person’ Stephanie Amir talks about her experiences  volunteering in a women’s prison, and the broader social issues that need to be… Read more →
    First Person old computer I <3 Internet In this ‘First Person’ we welcome Rebecca Shaw to the Sheilas’ fold (having followed Bec on her Twitter account @brocklesnitch, and had many belly laughs… Read more →
    First Person isabelleface (2) Let’s Talk Post-Feminism when we’re Post-Patriarchy Isabelle Lane examines some recent political comments about feminism, managing to meld in some popular culture references as a point of contrast. From Le Tigre… Read more →
    First Person A wheelchair user boards a train in the Netherlands. Image via Spoorjan, Wikimedia Commons. Steep Ramps and Slow Progress In this month's First Person, Janny Ryan takes a hard look at the accessibility of Melbourne's public transport system for those with a disability, and shows how simple, fixable problems are posing almost insurmountable obstacles for some commuters. Read more →
    First Person NoSharkCull2 Don’t Take the Bait: WA Shark Cull The Western Australian Government’s controversial shark culling policy has sparked local and international outrage, with thousands turning out to protest the baiting and killing program.… Read more →
    First Person clementine-bio-162x108 Feminist Christmas Wishlist! To end the year, one of our regular contributors Clementine Ford provides this 'Feminist Christmas Wishlist' for Sheilas readers. We thank Clementine for her thought provoking articles throughout the year, and hope Santa reads Sheilas! Read more →
    First Person Lesley Vale Lesley Hall (Hall-Bentick) 27 November 1954 – 19 October 2013 In this edition of First Person, with permission, we reproduce Patricia Cornelius’ tribute to her friend Lesley Hall… Read more →
    First Person Ebook_Gambino full cover fin2-1 On Father’s Day On Father’s Day 2005, Cindy Gambino received news beyond comprehension of most parents – her ex Robert Farquharson, father of her three boys, veered off… Read more →
    First Person *Photo by Sal Kimber People Power In this edition of First Person, keeping with our theme of ‘painting the Sheilas edition orange’, we reproduce Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan’s speech… Read more →
    First Person Ruby's 'Selfie' First Time Voter Ruby Bell! For this edition of ‘First Person’, we asked first time voter Ruby Bell to share with us her thoughts. Ruby lives in the federal Seat… Read more →
    First Person rob2 Hip Hopping Equality Hip-hop music is vastly popular. But how does a progressive young bloke reconcile with its sexist undertones? Robert Brown provides us with his take, in… Read more →
    First Person mariam11 My experience on 17 May, IDAHO day, in Tbilisi Mariam Gagoshashvili is a queer, feminist activist based in Tbilisi, Georgia (located on the coast of the Black Sea, bordering Russia). Last month, she attended… Read more →
    First Person 800px-Royal_Exhibition_Building_2003-05-17 A Brief Encounter Our new First Person section includes personal and creative stories from a variety of perspectives. This month, Melbourne sheila Janny Ryan had a brief encounter with an interesting stranger while waiting for the bus in Carlton... Read more →
    First Person Anoop, third from left, before his speech to Moreland City Council Anoop Nair: Calling Australia Home Sheilas is pleased to reproduce this speech by Anoop Nair, given at a February public forum conducted by Moreland City Council for community planning and… Read more →
    First Person JULIE PERRIN First Person: The Lost Dogs’ Home, A Story about Neighbourhood When receiving articles for consideration for Sheilas it recently struck us that we need a new category! One that can highlight the talents of women… Read more →