​Books and videos to look out for

She Speaks (2020)

by Yvette Cooper

A powerful celebration of 30 brilliant speeches by women down the ages that have inspired change and altered the course of history. Yvette Cooper MP (UK) tells the story of 30 inspirational speeches from around the world given by women. This is not only a much-needed celebration of women’s speeches throughout history, but also proof that powerful and persuasive oratory can be decidedly female.

Women and leadership (2020)
by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

As a result of their broad experience on the world stage in politics, economics and global not-for-profits, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Julia Gillard have some strong ideas about the effect of gender on the treatment of leaders. Women and Leadership presents an analysis of the influence of gender on women’s access to positions of leadership, the perceptions of them as leaders, the trajectory of their leadership and the circumstances in which it comes to an end.

Insight, Season 2020, episode 30

Menopause and perimenopause can be a hormonal rollercoaster. Most women will be directly affected at some stage, however, it’s still taboo to talk about and a neglected area of women’s health. Insight speaks to women experiencing it, experts studying it, and explores ways to manage it.

View the program via SBS On Demand’s Insight webpage.

Women of Steel

Wollongong, 1980: Denied jobs at the steelworks, the city’s main employer, working-class and migrant women refused to accept discrimination. They began a campaign for the right to work, which lasted 14 years. Their battle against BHP, the country’s richest and most powerful company, took them from factory gate to the highest court in the land and changed the rules for women throughout Australia. Using rare archival footage and speaking directly to camera, these women of steel tell their own stories for the first time on film.

View the official trailer here.

Brazen Hussies

Brazen Hussies reveals a revolutionary chapter in Australian history, the Women’s Liberation Movement (1965-75). Interweaving freshly uncovered archival footage, personal photographs, memorabilia and lively personal accounts from activists, the documentary shows us how a daring and diverse group of women joined forces to defy the status quo, demand equality and create profound social change, contributing to one of the greatest social movements of the 20th century.

Click here for the official trailer.