Epic Fail: Clare Wright
In her candid speech at our Epic Fail event, Clare Wright explains that hers was not a humorous or whimsical failure. Rather, beneath the bonnet of her happy and successful personal and professional lives, she faced an epic challenge: severe clinical postnatal depression.
She talks about her initial denial of the illness, how she came to recognise her vulnerability, and how accepting it was a crucial turning point that allowed her to recover her mental health.
‘I am a feminist therefore I commit feminist acts. I’m not going to undermine the political importance of what I do.’
La Trobe University historian Professor Clare Wright has worked as an author, academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant, and radio and TV broadcaster. Her latest book, You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World, has been praised by Senator Penny Wong and Anne Summers. Her earlier book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize and the 2014 NIB Award for Literature.