All About Women

All About Women 
Wagga's All About Women satellite will stream two talks from remarkable women live from the Sydney Opera House.

This free event happens on Sunday, 6 March 12:30 to 4 pm at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site.

What Needs to Change?

1pm | Masha Gessen, Crystal Lameman, Mallory Ortberg, Ann Sherry & Anne-Marie Slaughter

If you could change the world overnight, what would you do first? Sometimes, it can seem like women are stuck as second-class citizens: devastating domestic violence statistics, the lack of women in leadership everywhere, the number of mothers living on the poverty line or beneath it. Yes, the situation for women has improved dramatically, but there are still seemingly immovable obstacles to real equality.
What needs to change? We ask our panel to tell us what crucial levers they would pull if they had the power to change things overnight.

Orange is the New Black

3pm | Piper Kerman

Meet the real life Piper Kerman, otherwise known as inmate #11187-424. You may know the story from the Netflix series based on her bestselling memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison.
How did a well-educated woman from Boston with a thirst for travel and adventure become embroiled in a money laundering operation – and how did her criminal past inspire a cult television series? From her first strip search to her final release, Piper reveals the lessons she learnt 'doing time' and how the generosity and acceptance of the women she met inside inspired her to become an advocate for the rights of female prisoners.

Speaker Biographies

Masha Gessen is a Russian and American journalist, author, and activist noted for her opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Gessen identifies as a lesbian and has written extensively on LGBT rights and help founded the Pink Triangle Campaign. She has been described as "Russia's leading LGBT rights activist" and has said herself that for many years she was "probably the only publicly out gay person in the whole country."

Crystal Lameman is from the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6, Alberta. She is the Climate and Energy Campaigner for Sierra Club Canada and is a fellow of the Indigenous Environmental Network. Crystal is a powerful communicator about the damaging impacts of industrialisation and resource extraction on her homelands. Beaver Lake Cree Nation launched legal action in 2008 aimed at protecting their traditional lands and treaty rights. Lameman cites this action as an example of how First Nations people can assert their rights while offering a solution.


Mallory Ortberg is an American writer, editor, and a co-founder of the feminist general interest site The Toast. She previously wrote for Gawkerand The Hairpin, where she met co-founder ofThe Toast Nicole Cliffe. Her first book, Texts from Jane Eyre, was released in November 2014, and became a New York Times bestseller. Ortberg was included in the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Media category.

Ann Sherry is a leading figure in Australian business who started her career as a prison social worker. She is currently the CEO of Carnival Australia and has overseen a huge growth in the company and the industry during her tenure. Prior to Carnival Australia, she spent 12 years with Westpac including roles as Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand. She was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, advising the Prime Minister on policies and programs to improve the status of women and was Australia's representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women's rights. In 2004, Ann was awarded an Order of Australia for her contribution to the Australian community through the promotion of corporate management policies and practices that embrace gender equity, social justice and work and family partnerships. In 2015, she was named as the was named the overall winner of the 2015 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for her corporate leadership and the promotion of diversity and female representation during her nearly 30-year career.

Anne-Marie Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of New America Foundation. She is an academic, foreign policy analyst, and public commentator. She served as Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department from January 2009 until February 2011 under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2012 she published the article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," inThe Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

Piper Kerman is an American memoirist convicted of felony money-laundering charges; her experiences in prison provided the basis for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedy-drama Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Piper serves on the board of the Women's Prison Association, and has been called as a witness by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to testify on solitary confinement and women prisoners. She has spoken at the White House on re-entry and employment to help honour Champions of Change in the field.

presenting partners Sydney Opera House and Samsung