Births, Deaths and Marriages: Births
Comedian George McEncroe gets serious about the milestones of birth, marriage and death – and how they can transform us – with the help of guests who share their personal and professional experiences. Joining us for Births are Kaz Cooke, Monica Dux and Jane Fisher.
They explore the behavioural pressures and expectations that are often placed on pregnant women and mothers; the gaps in support for those who suffer complications to do with childbirth; and refute the common assumption that child-rearing is somehow intuitive. And they discuss why women’s work is rarely considered legitimate work at all.
Jane Fisher is Professor of Women’s Health and the Director of the Jean Hailes Research Unit in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.
Monica Dux is a columnist with the Age, and the author of Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting) (2013), co-author of The Great Feminist Denial (2008), and editor of the forthcoming anthology Mothermorphosis (April 2015). She can be heard regularly on ABC radio and 3RRR, and has published widely, especially on women’s issues. Monica is a founding board member of the Stella Prize.
George McEncroe is the CEO and founder of Shebah, Australia's ridesharing service for women. While trying to safely get her four kids where they needed to go and support her family as a single mum, she came up with an idea for a business: ridesharing that allowed an all-women fleet of drivers to earn income whenever suited them, and that provided worry-free transport for women and children. Now that she's turned her idea into a reality, she's added CEO to the list of roles on her resumé, which include stand-up comedian, breakfast radio host, ABC producer and more.
Kaz Cooke is a former reporter and cartoonist turned history detective. She is also the author of the bestselling books Up The Duff, Kidwrangling, Girl Stuff, Girl Stuff 8–12, Women’s Stuff, and the children's picture books Wanda Linda Goes Berserk and The Terrible Underpants.
Her new novel, Ada, grew out of her research and exhibition during a Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria, 2013–2015.