R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Modern feminism is difficult to define as the word means different things to different people – men included.  I’ve been working on my next Bold Thinking Series lecture in September which will encompass many of the hot button issues of the moment including #MeToo, male privilege and power, the gender pay gap, gender equality, being a female in male dominated industries and the differences between men and women.  My two bosses and I, along with help of a focus group, have assembled an interesting panel to tackle this topic and I’ll share more next week once details are online.  Suffice to say that I think systemic change is needed across broader society in both the private and public sector at a policy level and this can only be done if men and women work together to make it happen.

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Speaking of feminists I did want to mention that Kasey Edwards, who writes for Daily Life on this very topic is launching her Young Adult book The Girl Who Fell (above), published by Black Inc Books, on 4 September.  She’s co-written this with her partner in life Christopher Scanlon under their pen name Violet Grace.  Chris is an ex- La Trobe University academic who will forever be remembered as the man who wore kilts to work.

And yes, this post is dedicated to the memory of soul great Aretha Franklin whose music has been the soundtrack to many of us in life, including Mr Rosanna and me.

The Guilt Trip

It’s the name of Kasey Edwards’ new book , which is a meditation on the guilt women feel about their bodies, relationships, pregnancy and childbirth, motherhood and careers.  It’s published by Black Inc. Books who have partnered with La Trobe to form La Trobe University Press and the University’s 50th Anniversary book – From the paddock to the Agora – a copy of which was given to me as a thank you from Vice Chancellor John Dewar for working on the 50th.  Kasey’s invited me to her upcoming book launch, in conversation with Clare Bowditch, being held on Thursday 25 May at Readings Hawthorn in Melbourne.  If you’re interested in attending, it’s free but please register on Eventbrite.  Being the small world that it is, Kasey has previously worked with Mr Rosanna while I have had dealings with her partner, an Associate Professor, who works at La Trobe University.

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Image via Black Inc. Books

I missed the recent launch of local author Les Zigomanis’ book for Young Adults called Pride (published under his pseudonym Lazaros Zigomanis) the other week.  I met Les last year at the Busybird Publishing Karma Kinglake writing retreat as he is the Publications Manager there, working closely with owner Blaise van Hecke.  I love the preamble to his book ‘dreams mean nothing unless you have the courage to pursue them’ so it’s another one to add to my list.

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Indeed it was interesting to note at the Leading Now 2017 leadership summit some of the practices of our greatest leaders include waking up early, yoga, meditation and reading books, and lots of them.  Apparently Elon Musk reads two books a day on average and many leaders curate the content of what they take in – choosing books over the noise of traditional and social media and being pedantic about their energy management.  I think it’s something the average person can take on board as well so we’re not feeling drained at the end of every day.

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Image via Busybird Publishing

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend so I just wanted to wish all the mums out there a fun day on Sunday.  If you’re interested in doing something arty, there are also two exhibition openings on tomorrow afternoon at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre – Technician’s Choice and Group Formalism.  The Homestead has recently re-introduced a lunch menu but also does great scones and jam.

Nb. Miss Rosanna is a Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Board member