Presenter/s: Iola Mathews; Dr Chris Wallace
Event type: In conversation
Event date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event venue: Sir Roland Wilson Building, 2.02 Building #120 McCoy Cct Acton ACT
What was it like to be involved in the heady days of ‘second wave’ feminism in Australia, when the role of women at home and at work changed decisively? Iola Mathews was one of the founders of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, a journalist at The Age, and later a leading ACTU advocate for women workers during the ‘Accord’ with the Hawke-Keating Government. She was one of the first generation of women trying to ‘have it all’ with a career and children.
In this honest and revealing memoir, she takes us inside the day-to-day groundwork required to bring about reforms in areas like affirmative action, equal pay, superannuation, childcare, parental leave and work-family issues. This is an important record of a pivotal time for women in Australia’s history. Iola brings wisdom and experience to it, reflecting on where we are today, with suggestions for further reform. It’s a vital source for policy makers and all those interested in women, work and families.
This event is hosted by The ANU School of History, The ANU Gender Institute and The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (Canberra Region Branch)