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The Richer Sex

The Richer Sex

Liza Mundy

11am-12pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Dramatic changes see women poised to become the major breadwinner in a majority of families within the next generation, according to Liza Mundy. Women continue moving into the workforce on the back of more and better education, and the financial power of women is increasingly becoming a reality. In the US, almost 40% of working wives out-earn their husbands, and although the proportion in Australia is much smaller, the trend is moving in the same direction. The impact of these changes will be felt everywhere, transforming relationships, families and the roles of men at work and at home. But is this simply a question of men and women swapping places, of men earning less, or does it represent the possibility of a more equal society?

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Single Tix $35
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Sex Myths & Why We Believe Them

Sex Myths & Why We Believe Them

Brooke Magnanti

12.30-1.30pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Our fascination with sex is only equalled by our ability to believe nonsensical rumours about sex. As Belle de Jour, the author of The Adventures of a London Call Girl, Brooke Magnanti gave us a tantalising account of work in the sex industry. As a scientific researcher, she now takes on the myths peddled about sex and why we believe them. How different is male and female sexuality? Is sex addiction a real and growing problem? Even if you can't let go of some of our comfortable myths about sex, a bracing dose of cold hard analysis might just make you think again.

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Single Tix $35
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The Power of Women & Girls

The Power of Women & Girls

Leymah Gbowee

2.30-3.30pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Joint Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee tells an extraordinary story in her autobiography Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer and Sex Changed a Nation at War. As a peace activist, she led a coalition of women that had a significant impact on ending the second Liberian Civil War and ousting dictator Charles Taylor. Working with women across Africa, she has consistently shown the power of African women to bring change. For Gbowee, the future lies in harnessing the power of girls, and doing her own part to make education and opportunity a reality for girls in Africa.

SINGLE TIX SOLD OUT FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
Free & Equal: What It Really Means

Free & Equal: What It Really Means

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

4-5pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Debate about multi-culturalism often focuses on how to draw the line between valuing people's culture of origin and encouraging migrants to be part of a new country in a meaningful way. For Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'It is a matter of principle that women are free and equal'. For her, this means zero tolerance of cultural practices like honour violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) which have been brought to the West, and her foundation works with women to stop them. But having now gained their own rights and freedoms, what do Western feminists have to offer to the life and death problems of women from the developing world?

SINGLE TIX SOLD OUT FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
Debate – Men Can't Be Feminists

Debate – Men Can't Be Feminists

Panel: Gretel Killeen, Eva Cox, Bob Ellis, Richard Glover,
Peter FitzSimons and Annamarie Jagose
5.45-6.45pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Feminism has always been obsessed with definitions. Who can and should take on the fight to improve the lot of women and what should they believe? Is it enough to believe in equality for women, and if so, can men who share this conviction be part of the fight? Or is this just another way for men to stay in control? Join two entertaining teams of gender warriors to get to the bottom of this vexed question and find out once and for all.

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Single Tix $35
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M is for Misogyny

M is for Misogyny

Panel: Geraldine Doogue (Chair), Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Julia Baird,
Leymah Gbowee, Brooke Magnanti and Liza Mundy
7.15-8.15pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

From a life in the shadows as a relic of 1970s feminism, the M word, misogyny, has burst back onto centre stage thanks to Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Whether used to mean the hatred of women, or simply entrenched sexism, misogyny has been dragged out for critical examination. However you see the debate in Australia, the situation for women elsewhere is much more difficult. Where women are excluded from public life and education, and denied civil, let alone equal, rights, misogyny is an enduring presence. How can we see it off for good for women everywhere?

SINGLE TIX SOLD OUT FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
The Richer Sex

The Richer Sex

Liza Mundy

11am-12pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Dramatic changes see women poised to become the major breadwinner in a majority of families within the next generation, according to Liza Mundy. Women continue moving into the workforce on the back of more and better education, and the financial power of women is increasingly becoming a reality. In the US, almost 40% of working wives out-earn their husbands, and although the proportion in Australia is much smaller, the trend is moving in the same direction. The impact of these changes will be felt everywhere, transforming relationships, families and the roles of men at work and at home. But is this simply a question of men and women swapping places, of men earning less, or does it represent the possibility of a more equal society?

Book Now
Single Tix $35
FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
Sex Myths & Why We Believe Them

Sex Myths & Why We Believe Them

Brooke Magnanti

12.30-1.30pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Our fascination with sex is only equalled by our ability to believe nonsensical rumours about sex. As Belle de Jour, the author of The Adventures of a London Call Girl, Brooke Magnanti gave us a tantalising account of work in the sex industry. As a scientific researcher, she now takes on the myths peddled about sex and why we believe them. How different is male and female sexuality? Is sex addiction a real and growing problem? Even if you can't let go of some of our comfortable myths about sex, a bracing dose of cold hard analysis might just make you think again.

Book Now
Single Tix $35
FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
The Power of Women & Girls

The Power of Women & Girls

Leymah Gbowee

2.30-3.30pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Joint Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee tells an extraordinary story in her autobiography Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer and Sex Changed a Nation at War. As a peace activist, she led a coalition of women that had a significant impact on ending the second Liberian Civil War and ousting dictator Charles Taylor. Working with women across Africa, she has consistently shown the power of African women to bring change. For Gbowee, the future lies in harnessing the power of girls, and doing her own part to make education and opportunity a reality for girls in Africa.

SINGLE TIX SOLD OUT FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
Free & Equal: What It Really Means

Free & Equal: What It Really Means

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

4-5pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Debate about multi-culturalism often focuses on how to draw the line between valuing people's culture of origin and encouraging migrants to be part of a new country in a meaningful way. For Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'It is a matter of principle that women are free and equal'. For her, this means zero tolerance of cultural practices like honour violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) which have been brought to the West, and her foundation works with women to stop them. But having now gained their own rights and freedoms, what do Western feminists have to offer to the life and death problems of women from the developing world?

SINGLE TIX SOLD OUT FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
Debate – Men Can't Be Feminists

Debate – Men Can't Be Feminists

Panel: Gretel Killeen, Eva Cox, Bob Ellis, Richard Glover,
Peter FitzSimons and Annamarie Jagose
5.45-6.45pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

Feminism has always been obsessed with definitions. Who can and should take on the fight to improve the lot of women and what should they believe? Is it enough to believe in equality for women, and if so, can men who share this conviction be part of the fight? Or is this just another way for men to stay in control? Join two entertaining teams of gender warriors to get to the bottom of this vexed question and find out once and for all.

Book Now
Single Tix $35
FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
M is for Misogyny

M is for Misogyny

Panel: Geraldine Doogue (Chair), Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Julia Baird,
Leymah Gbowee, Brooke Magnanti and Julia Baird
7.15-8.15pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre

From a life in the shadows as a relic of 1970s feminism, the M word, misogyny, has burst back onto centre stage thanks to Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Whether used to mean the hatred of women, or simply entrenched sexism, misogyny has been dragged out for critical examination. However you see the debate in Australia, the situation for women elsewhere is much more difficult. Where women are excluded from public life and education, and denied civil, let alone equal, rights, misogyny is an enduring presence. How can we see it off for good for women everywhere?

SINGLE TIX SOLD OUT FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
How To Be Brave

How To Be Brave

Samantha Mostyn (Chair), Virginia Haussegger and Audette Exel
10.45-11.30am, Utzon Room

In all of the millions of words written about how to succeed at work or in life, the quality of courage is not one that often gets a mention. But for women who take on something different, or unusual, or just plain hard, what matters most is not who they are or what they know but where they get the guts, the raw courage, to give it a go.

The Festival Pass is sold out however you can access this and nine other panel sessions through the Conversation Pass $50 - Book now

FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT

Don't Tell Me What To Do

Panel: Catherine Deveny (Chair), Amal Awad and Diana Nguyen
10.45-11.45am, Concert Hall Southern Foyer

Arrival in a new country can be the start of a long struggle to fit in and become part of a new community. Welcoming neighbours make all the difference, but facing other people's ignorance and assumptions about your culture can be depressing. Hear from three extraordinary women about how they have balanced their attachment to their own culture and families with what Australia has to offer.

The Festival Pass is sold out however you can access this and nine other panel sessions through the Conversation Pass $50 - Book now

FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT

Children? No Thanks

Anne Hollands (Chair), Virginia Haussegger and Shelly Horton
12.15-1pm, Concert Hall Southern Foyer

Feminists fought for women's right to their own identity and for a life of their own, separate to that of their husbands and children. In Australia today, women choosing not to have children is the not-so-new normal, and younger women are even more comfortable with the idea. But for all of our ability to slip away from traditions, we are still finding ways to shape our lives that do not depend only on family structures and the litany of births, deaths and marriages. And as the pioneering baby boomers age, the primal question 'Who will look after you when you are old?' is coming to the fore, so it might be time to talk about our answers.

The Festival Pass is sold out however you can access this and nine other panel sessions through the Conversation Pass $50 - Book now

FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
How To Fail

How To Fail

Sarah Macdonald (Chair), Maria Atkinson and Louise Sauvage
12.15-1pm, Utzon Room

Although experts now tell us that making survivable mistakes and failing fast are key to success and innovation, Australia is often seen as a country where failure is not tolerated. Find out what failure, large and small, teaches us about how to succeed and how it can be the ultimate tool to focus your ambition.

The Festival Pass is sold out however you can access this and nine other panel sessions through the Conversation Pass $50 - Book now

FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
The Young Ones

The Young Ones

Panel: Clementine Ford (Chair), Nicole Beaumont and Sarah Clark
1.30–2.15pm, Utzon Room

Clark Beaumont is the working identity of the young Brisbane performance artists Nicole Beaumont and Sarah Clark, chosen to create a room in Kaldor Public Art Project's groundbreaking exhibition 13 Rooms, from 11-21 April at Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay, alongside a selection of art world superstars such as Damien Hirst and Marina Abramović. As performers who explore female identity, intimacy and relationships, Clark Beaumont and their creators have plenty to say about making art and what being a young woman now is all about.

This talk is presented with assistance from Kaldor Public Art Projects

The Festival Pass is sold out however you can access this and nine other panel sessions through the Conversation Pass $50 - Book now

FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
Bringing Up Daughters

Bringing Up Daughters

Panel: Dannielle Miller (Chair), Nigel Marsh, Maya Newell
and Barbara Toner
1.30-2.30pm, Concert Hall Southern Foyer

While daughters can be a learning experience for fathers, mothers with feminist convictions sometimes fall into the trap of seeing their daughter as the next stage in the march towards 'liberation' or 'equality'. In an age of analogue parents and digital daughters, what do girls need from their parents?

The Festival Pass is sold out however you can access this and nine other panel sessions through the Conversation Pass $50 - Book now

FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
How to Juggle

How to Juggle

Kathryn Wicks (Chair), Lousie Herron and Rebecca Huntley
2.30-3.15pm, Utzon Room

Juggling and balancing are the metaphors we have chosen for the way women deal with all of the different things that they have to do. Whether it is work and family, parents and children or work and life, none of these combinations fit together comfortably in an era of work intensification, hyper parenting and self actualisation. But juggling and balancing are stressful and fraught with risk of failure. Is there a better way to make things work, or does juggling just take more practice?

The Festival Pass is sold out however you can access this and nine other panel sessions through the Conversation Pass $50 - Book now

FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT

How To Lead

Judith Whelan (Chair) and Maria Atkinson
3.45-4.30pm, Utzon Room

The mystique of 'leadership' is such that it has become the Holy Grail for anyone trying to understand why organisations succeed or fail. But being a leader is not something where there are a series of clear instructions to follow. Because it brings together the personal and the professional, finding out how to lead can be harder to explain but more satisfying than any of the other challenges that work or home throws up.

The Festival Pass is sold out however you can access this and nine other panel sessions through the Conversation Pass $50 - Book now

FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT

Invisible Women

Panel: Rebecca Huntley (Chair), Nikki Gemmell, Brooke Magnanti
and Tara Moss
4-5pm, Concert Hall Southern Foyer

A recent survey of media coverage of the US Election showed that over 70% of print stories were written by men and less than 20% percent of coverage was of women, making women almost invisible at the highest levels in public life and in the media. But are there advantages to invisibility? If anonymity comes with the freedom to do and say what you want, does this mean that the power that comes with visibility isn't all that it is cracked up to be?

The Festival Pass is sold out however you can access this and nine other panel sessions through the Conversation Pass $50 - Book now

FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
Is Rape Culture Everywhere?

Is Rape Culture Everywhere?

Clementine Ford (Chair), Kiran Grewal and Dixie Link-Gordon
5-5.45pm, Utzon Room

With the Delhi gang rape case in everyone's mind, focus on the specific situation of women in India and India's 'rape culture' were put into perspective by a US case in Steubenville Ohio where an unconscious girl was repeatedly assaulted and onlookers and participants posted images and film all over the internet. If rape happens everywhere, but 'rape culture' is specific to local circumstances, what needs to happen in Australia and everywhere to make it a thing of the past?

The Festival Pass is sold out however you can access this and nine other panel sessions through the Conversation Pass $50 - Book now

FESTIVAL PASS SOLD OUT
How To Be Brave

How To Be Brave

Samantha Mostyn (Chair), Virginia Haussegger and Audette Exel
10.45-11.30am, Utzon Room

In all of the millions of words written about how to succeed at work or in life, the quality of courage is not one that often gets a mention. But for women who take on something different, or unusual, or just plain hard, what matters most is not who they are or what they know but where they get the guts, the raw courage, to give it a go.

CONVERSATION PASS
SOLD OUT

Don't Tell Me What To Do

Panel: Catherine Deveny (Chair), Amal Awad and Diana Nguyen
10.45-11.45am, Concert Hall Southern Foyer

Arrival in a new country can be the start of a long struggle to fit in and become part of a new community. Welcoming neighbours make all the difference, but facing other people's ignorance and assumptions about your culture can be depressing. Hear from three extraordinary women about how they have balanced their attachment to their own culture and families with what Australia has to offer.

CONVERSATION PASS
SOLD OUT
How To Fail

How To Fail

Sarah Macdonald (Chair), Maria Atkinson and Louise Sauvage
12.15-1pm, Utzon Room

Although experts now tell us that making survivable mistakes and failing fast are key to success and innovation, Australia is often seen as a country where failure is not tolerated. Find out what failure, large and small, teaches us about how to succeed and how it can be the ultimate tool to focus your ambition.

CONVERSATION PASS
SOLD OUT

Children? No Thanks

Anne Hollands (Chair), Virginia Haussegger and Shelly Horton
12.15-1pm, Concert Hall Southern Foyer

Feminists fought for women's right to their own identity and for a life of their own, separate to that of their husbands and children. In Australia today, women choosing not to have children is the not-so-new normal, and younger women are even more comfortable with the idea. But for all of our ability to slip away from traditions, we are still finding ways to shape our lives that do not depend only on family structures and the litany of births, deaths and marriages. And as the pioneering baby boomers age, the primal question 'Who will look after you when you are old?' is coming to the fore, so it might be time to talk about our answers.

CONVERSATION PASS
SOLD OUT
The Young Ones

The Young Ones

Panel: Clementine Ford (Chair), Nicole Beaumont and Sarah Clark
1.30–2.15pm, Utzon Room

Clark Beaumont is the working identity of the young Brisbane performance artists Nicole Beaumont and Sarah Clark, chosen to create a room in Kaldor Public Art Project's groundbreaking exhibition 13 Rooms, from 11-21 April at Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay, alongside a selection of art world superstars such as Damien Hirst and Marina Abramović. As performers who explore female identity, intimacy and relationships, Clark Beaumont and their creators have plenty to say about making art and what being a young woman now is all about.

This talk is presented with assistance from Kaldor Public Art Projects

CONVERSATION PASS
SOLD OUT
Bringing Up Daughters

Bringing Up Daughters

Panel: Dannielle Miller (Chair), Nigel Marsh, Maya Newell
and Barbara Toner
1.30-2.30pm, Concert Hall Southern Foyer

While daughters can be a learning experience for fathers, mothers with feminist convictions sometimes fall into the trap of seeing their daughter as the next stage in the march towards 'liberation' or 'equality'. In an age of analogue parents and digital daughters, what do girls need from their parents?

CONVERSATION PASS
SOLD OUT
How to Juggle

How To Juggle

Kathryn Wicks (Chair), Lousie Herron and Rebecca Huntley
2.30-3.15pm, Utzon Room

Juggling and balancing are the metaphors we have chosen for the way women deal with all of the different things that they have to do. Whether it is work and family, parents and children or work and life, none of these combinations fit together comfortably in an era of work intensification, hyper parenting and self actualisation. But juggling and balancing are stressful and fraught with risk of failure. Is there a better way to make things work, or does juggling just take more practice?

CONVERSATION PASS
SOLD OUT

How To Lead

Judith Whelan (Chair) and Maria Atkinson
3.45-4.30pm, Utzon Room

The mystique of 'leadership' is such that it has become the Holy Grail for anyone trying to understand why organisations succeed or fail. But being a leader is not something where there are a series of clear instructions to follow. Because it brings together the personal and the professional, finding out how to lead can be harder to explain but more satisfying than any of the other challenges that work or home throws up.

CONVERSATION PASS
SOLD OUT

Invisible Women

Panel: Rebecca Huntley (Chair), Nikki Gemmell, Brooke Magnanti
and Tara Moss
4-5pm, Concert Hall Southern Foyer

A recent survey of media coverage of the US Election showed that over 70% of print stories were written by men and less than 20% percent of coverage was of women, making women almost invisible at the highest levels in public life and in the media. But are there advantages to invisibility? If anonymity comes with the freedom to do and say what you want, does this mean that the power that comes with visibility isn't all that it is cracked up to be?

CONVERSATION PASS
SOLD OUT
Is Rape Culture Everywhere?

Is Rape Culture Everywhere?

Clementine Ford (Chair), Kiran Grewal and Dixie Link-Gordon
5-5.45pm, Utzon Room

With the Delhi gang rape case in everyone's mind, focus on the specific situation of women in India and India's 'rape culture' were put into perspective by a US case in Steubenville Ohio where an unconscious girl was repeatedly assaulted and onlookers and participants posted images and film all over the internet. If rape happens everywhere, but 'rape culture' is specific to local circumstances, what needs to happen in Australia and everywhere to make it a thing of the past?

CONVERSATION PASS
SOLD OUT
Daily Life Lounge

Daily Life Lounge

11am-7.15pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Northern Foyer

In between events at All About Women you're invited to join us in the Daily Life Lounge for stimulating conversation, an incredible view of the harbour and a drink or two!

Daily Life, is Australia's fastest growing website for women and our goal is to give a platform to, support and celebrate the female voices in Australia that drive women's issues on to the public agenda. That's why we are thrilled to be co-presenting All About Women with Sydney Opera House. We're also proud to have so many of our talented contributors involved: Clementine Ford, Sarah MacDonald, Julia Baird, Jacqueline Maley to name a few.

We're dedicated to increasing the profile of women's issues in Australia by publishing opinion, feature stories and analysis from a diverse community of female writers, seven days a week. We offer a feisty female perspective on news and current affairs and our reader forums are full of lively discussion and debate on the big issues of the day. You can check out our site and our special coverage relating to All About Women here.

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Following on from the success of the F Word in 2012 we present All About Women - Fearless discussion of everything from parenting, sex, misogyny & freedom to failure, daughters, equality, rape & leadership. Whether you want a packed agenda of challenging topics, or lively discussions about what matters to you every day, you can use our new Festival passes to come up with a program that suits. Join us on April 7 and be part of the conversation about what matters most to you.

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