Laura Bates started the Everyday Sexism Project in April 2012, in response to the persistent narrative espoused in the media and elsewhere that sexism is no longer prevalent in contemporary life. Having repeatedly heard that women now share the same status as men and that gender-based comments or so-called ‘jokes’ are simply par for the course and must be endured, Laura launched the website to provide a space for people to talk about the instances of sexism they experience in everyday life.
In its first year the site received 25,000 stories and quickly became a powerful agent for change. Laura’s subsequent journalistic work and activism has had a profound effect on attitudes regarding sexism. She has written on the subject for the Guardian, the Independent and the Huffington Post, as well as successfully campaigning against plastic surgery mobile phone apps for children.
In this lecture, Laura will walk us through the history of the Everyday Sexism Project and look towards a hopeful future by examining its positive impact on the lives of women as we work towards a truly equal society, free of prejudice.
With host Jess McGuire.
Jess McGuire is a writer, DJ, broadcaster, and MC based in Melbourne. She appears regularly on ABC Local Radio and Double J as a reviewer and cultural commentator, and for many years she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia. She is a former presenter of Triple R’s flagship Breakfasters show.
Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality.