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Still Unfinished: The Fight for Feminist Reform

Sun 12 Sep, 12pm
State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter

Eight years ago, Quarterly Essay published Unfinished Business, Anna Goldsworthy’s analysis of Julia Gillard’s 2012 ‘misogyny speech’. Now, Jess Hill, author of See What You Made Me Do, dissects the #MeToo moment that erupted in national parliament this year for an upcoming essay. Benjamin Law, no stranger to moral panic, has faced similar head-scratching questions on the nation’s psyche. What are we afraid of? Why is cultural change so slow, and where next for feminism in a plural society? On the occasion of Quarterly Essay’s 20th anniversary, Jess Hill and Benjamin Law appear live via video alongside on-stage participants Anna Goldsworthy and moderator Sophie Black to discuss current threats to social cohesion and the opportunities for solidarity and reform in Australia.

In partnership with Quarterly Essay


1 hour


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Sophie Black is a journalist, writer and editor, and Head of Special Projects at the Wheeler Centre. Previously, she was editor-in-chief at Private Media and before that, editor of Crikey. She has delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as director and is co-chair of the human rights publication Right Now.

Anna Goldsworthy is a pianist and writer. Her publications include the memoir Piano Lessons, the novel Melting Moments, and the Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny. Anna is an Associate Professor at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and Director of the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide.

Jess Hill is a Walkley-award winning investigative journalist and author. Her book See What You Made Me Do won the 2020 Stella Prize, and has been adapted into a three-part series for SBS, as well as an audio documentary series called The Trap, in partnership with the Victorian Women's Trust.

Benjamin Law is author of The Family Law, Gaysia, Quarterly Essay: Moral Panic 101 and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia. He created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law and wrote the sold-out MTC play Torch the Place. He co-hosts ABC RN's Stop Everything! and interviews public figures for Good Weekend.

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