This International Women’s Day, why not …


Australian Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann, author of Inside My Mother, who has just won the Windham Campbell Literature Prize for her work, and the accompanying $215,000 prize that comes with it.

Revolutionary Russian feminist Alexandra Kollontai helped to organise the first International Women’s Day in 1911, and this year marks one hundred years since the Russian Revolution – a revolution helped driven and shaped by the women who were protesting for International Women’s Day in St Petersburg in 1917. Read your Kollontai.

The classic Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World, or anything by Sheila Rowbotham.



To the recent Novara Media podcast on Sex & the State Machine.

To Princess Nokia! because they’re great.

To the Raincoats, because they’re an Overland office favourite.



Indigenous Australian feminist writer Celeste Liddle, who is making awesome interventions in Australian feminism and race politics.



Who’s Afraid of Colour? A NGV exhibition of a broad range of Indigenous women artists running until 17 April.


And go to

The International Women’s Day march in your city:

5.30pm tonight (8 March) in Melbourne, meeting in front of Parliament, Spring St

5.30pm tonight in Adelaide, meeting at Hindmarsh Square

10am on Saturday 11 March in Sydney, meeting in Hyde Park

You get the idea. There’ll be an event near you, track it down.

By the way, did you know that early childhood educators are ridiculously underpaid, and this has everything to do with their workforce being predominantly female? Let the Big Steps Campaign enlighten you. Today, 8 March, educators will be walking off the job nationally to demand equal pay. If you’re in Melbourne, you can show your solidarity with the Dawson St Childcare Cooperative workers at 3pm in Brunswick, or check out what’s happening nationally.


Thanks to Elena Gomez and Ella O’Keefe for their suggestions!

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