Lunchbox/Soapbox: Karen Pickering: In Defence of the Country Women’s Association
The Country Women’s Association is not often thought of as a feminist organisation … if at all. But with the current interest in women’s rights and spaces, it’s arguably a ready-made grassroots network for women to connect with one another. And with baking, sewing, and general craftiness also enjoying a revival of sorts, seeing a huge resurgence in popularity and deemed legitimacy, why is the Country Women’s Association, keeper of such knowledge, struggling to attract new members?
Karen Pickering discusses the cultural importance and history of the CWA, Australia’s largest women’s organisation, which strives to improve the conditions of women and children around Australia. She wonders how we can arrest the decline in membership, instead of standing by as the CWA literally dies out.
Karen Pickering is a feminist writer, organiser, and speaker who co-authored About Bloody Time: The Menstrual Revolution We Have to Have and edited Doing it: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex. She has co-founded several seminal feminist events, including Girls on Film Festival and SlutWalk Melbourne, and appeares regularly across print, radio, television, and festivals.