At the end of 2017 “feminism” was declared the word of the year by American dictionary Merriam Webster.
And sure, we’ve made great strides in workplace inclusion since our mothers and grandmothers were expected to give up their jobs as soon as they got married, but there’s still a 15 per cent gender pay gap, and when you start looking in the upper echelons of management and corporate boards, you’ll find something of a sausage sizzle. Thanks to the struggles of our mothers and grandmothers, we now have control over our reproductive bodies. But, as the #metoo movement has so profoundly demonstrated, sexual harassment and assault remains appallingly prevalent.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is led by a self-confessed harasser and has consolidated much of its base on an anti-abortion platform. Widen the lens to women in parts of the developing world, and women and girls are systematically raped, abused, repressed, denied education and even access to citizenship.
I didn’t want the All About Women program to shy away from these issues. So I approached it with the idea we could provide a toolkit for women of all ages daunted by what we’re facing, but determined to make a difference.