The F Word
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The Wheeler Centre’s inaugural feminist year in review
Brave, bold and tenacious – Caroline Wilson is a star of Australian sports journalism and she knows a thing or two about blazing trails. Who better to deliver the Wheeler Centre’s inaugural F Word Address – an annual event that will be part feminist stocktake, part personal reflection, from an outstanding Australian woman.
Starting her career in the early 1980s, Wilson has won many significant firsts, including first female recipient of the AFL Gold Media award. In recent years she’s won praise – and gained a few powerful enemies – for her fearless opinion writing on the Essendon supplements scandal. Throughout her career at the Age, she’s won a Walkley Award, a Graham Perkin Award, a Melbourne Press Club Quill Award and if there was an award for staring down reactionary nonsense – she definitely would have won that too.
At the first F Word Address in November, Wilson will reflect on the year that was. How have the last 12 months altered or entrenched her personal sense of feminism? How do milestones, such as the launch of the AFL Women’s League this year, bolster her sense of progress? What does she see as the wins this year for Australian women and what are the ongoing challenges?
Join us for an evening with an exceptional talent in Australian sports journalism.
Caroline Wilson has been chief football writer for the Age since 1999.
The official fight for equal representation for women is over a century old. You might think the battle would be won by now, but in 2015, the ‘f’ word is as personally and politically charged as ever. And despite great leaps forward – equal pay (on paper), paid maternity leave, our first female prime minister – we’ve still got a long way to go, baby.
The F Word asks where feminism is at, in culture and society, with a series of events that question our assumptions (Can romance be empowering? How can you be a religious feminist?), and highlight areas for change and inclusion, like disability and science.
We begin the series with ‘Bad Feminist’ Roxane Gay, who argues that feminist values can co-exist with contradictions: nursing a childhood affection for Sweet Valley High and wearing heels that hurt your feet doesn’t weaken your dedication to ending domestic violence.