The Story of Us: How working women have ‘accidentally’ revolutionised the world!
Wednesday 19 June saw attendees of Coleman Greig's 'The Story of Us' Women in Business signature event joined by keynote speaker, author, social commentator, columnist and Women in Leadership Walkley Award recipient Jane Caro as she shared her insights into the story of women in 2019 and how, whether we realise it or not, we have revolutionised the world that we live in.
Joining Jane on the evening was Cath Keenan, co-founder of the Story Factory and 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero, who spoke to attendees about the incredible work being undertaken by the Story Factory in support of marginalised young people across Greater Sydney. As part of her presentation, Cath spoke about one particular student, Vivian Pham, who had joined the Story Factory as part of a program which encouraged participants to write a short novel, but who went above and beyond in authoring a 90,000-word story, which has since been picked up by Penguin Publishing!
Following Cath's inspirational message focused on the support that the Story Factory gives young people across the Greater Sydney area, the room heard from Jane Caro, who spoke with passion and depth about her latest book 'Accidental Feminists', which explores how the world that women have been living in has transformed us into confident modern-day leaders - and how, almost in spite of ourselves, we've revolutionised the world.
Through dialogue best described as a discussion, Jane spoke of her personal journey towards feminism - a path first trodden by her mother, who ended up joining Jane as a fellow student when the pair attended university together thanks to the Whitlam Labor Government's abolishment of university fees in 1974. Covering a wide range of topics, from the intergenerational liberation of women being bolstered by widespread access to the pill, the tampon and the pay check, through to the countless hurdles yet to be cleared by women in 2019, Jane's devotion to gender equality was one of the clear takeaway from the evening.
Jane's new book, 'Accidental Feminists', out now via Melbourne University Publishing, is both a celebration of grit, adaptability, energy and persistence, and a plea for future generations to keep agitating for a better, fairer world.