#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
The focus on the body beautiful has, arguably, worsened the objectification of women in recent times. The death and injury toll from family violence is mounting. This panel discusses the links between the two and how to extend #metoo feminism to try to break the cycle.
Jane Caro is a Walkley Award winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, advertising writer, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator.
She has published or edited twelve books, including three novels “Just a Girl” “Just a Queen” and “Just Flesh & Blood”, a trilogy on Elizabeth Tudor, and a memoir “Plain Speaking Jane”. She created and edited ‘Unbreakable’ which featured stories women writers had never told before and was published just before the Harvey Weinstein revelations. Her latest book “Accidental Feminists” her book on the life story of women over 50 was launched in February.
She appears frequently on The Drum, Sunrise & Weekend Sunrise. She has created and presented 4 documentary series for ABC Compass, airing in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. She is currently shooting a fifth. She and Catherine Fox present a popular podcast with Podcast One, Austereo ‘Women With Clout’. She writes regular columns in ‘Sunday Life’ and ‘Leadership Matters’.
Jess Hill is a Walkley award-winning journalist who specialises in reporting on coercive control and gendered violence. Prior to this, she was a Middle East correspondent, and worked as both a producer and reporter for various current affairs programs across the ABC. In 2019, she published her first book, See What You Made Me Do, about the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia. It was awarded the 2020 Stella Prize, has been shortlisted for several others, including the Walkley Book Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award, and has been adapted into a television series for SBS. Recently, Jess has also produced an audio documentary series on coercive control called 'The Trap', and a Quarterly Essay on #MeToo in Australia, 'The Reckoning'.
Meera Atkinson is the author of Traumata, published by UQP in 2018, and two academic books. She writes across literary genres appearing in many publications, including Salon.com, Best Australian Poems 2010, Best Australian Stories 2007, Meanjin, Southerly, and Griffith Review. Meera was the Varuna Dr Dark Flagship Fellowship recipient for 2017. She teaches creative writing and English literature.
Jenna Guillaume is a freelance journalist and author based in Sydney, Australia. She writes about pop culture, identity, feminism and social media. Previously, she was editor-at-large for BuzzFeed Australia, and before that she worked in the features department at Girlfriend magazine. What I Like About Me is her debut novel.