Panelists included Australia’s Foreign Minister and Mamamia’s most recent contributor Julie Bishop, feminist icon Germaine Greer, self-proclaimed ‘bad-feminist’ Roxane Gay, CEO of Best and Less Holly Kramer and Youth Without Borders founder Yassmin Abdel-Magied.
Here are some of the highlights from the Q&A International Women’s Day special, from a diverse group of incredible women:
1. Roxane on ‘marketing’ feminism- “I don’t care”.
Bad feminist Roxane Gay responded to the notion of ‘marketing’ feminism to young women or to men (“Men need to get over themselves”) with one simple and excellent phrase. “I. Don’t. Care.”
Andy why should you?
2. Julie Bishop is offended by Annabel not describing herself as a Liberal.
The Foreign Minister was asked the inevitable question about that time she said she wasn’t a feminist. Annabel was deeply offended by the notion. Julie was offended that Annabel doesn’t identify as a Liberal. Oh, snap.
3. Germaine will NOT be silenced
When Germaine segued into Gabrielle McMullin’s comments on systematic sexual harassment in the medical profession, host Annabel Crabb tried to move the discussion elsewhere, because that very question was coming up!
But would Germaine Greer by silenced? Of course not.
Germaine will never be silenced. And so, we’re talking about it NOW, thanks.
Then she said something about “slap and tickle” that made us all a little uncomfortable.
4. You could hear a pin drop when Julie Bishop spoke about the Bali executions.
A highlight of the evening was the total silence that fell over then audience as Julie Bishop spoke eloquently and with true feeling as she made a plea for “mercy, humanity and forgiveness” for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. “I am not going to give up hope” she says.