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Wendy McCarthy: Don’t Be Too Polite, Girls


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Wendy McCarthy has been a trailblazer in the feminist movement in Australia for over 50 years. At this in-conversation event, she’ll discuss her tireless spirit for activism and change, as recounted in her new book Don’t Be Too Polite Girls.

McCarthy’s inspiring memoir is filled with cautionary tales and insider stories about her experiences as an outspoken advocate for women’s rights in Australia since the 1960s. Throughout her extraordinary career, she has smashed the glass ceiling again and again and forged a path for subsequent generations of women. Throughout it all, McCarthy has remained a country girl at heart, and at this event, McCarthy will appear at Ballaarat Mechanics Institute in conversation with young feminist activist Tierney Khan, for an intergenerational discussion about the importance of finding your own voice and listening to it.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

The bookseller for this event is Collins Booksellers on Lydiard

Presented in partnership Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute


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Wendy McCarthy

Wendy McCarthy has been an educator, advocate and commentator in Australian public life and company director for the past forty years. Wendy was a founding member and co-convenor of the Women’s Electoral Lobby in 1972 and is a former CEO of Philips Fox, former Chancellor of Canberra University and... Read more

Tierney Khan

Tierney Khan has always been passionate about using words to express her opinions and to stand up for what she believes in. In 2020 she became the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award Victorian State Champion with a speech titled ‘Not another speech about feminism’, and has since utilised those ski... Read more


Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute

117-119 Sturt St Ballarat, VIC 3350

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