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When All Women Have Power

9 Nov 2019
6:15pm – 7:15pm
Bay 17, Carriageworks
Boxing glove punching through the glass ceiling

Being nice won’t create the rebellions that will finally give women control of their destinies. Mona Eltahawy, Tressie McMillan Cottom and Sisonke Msimang tell us how we can change the world and bring justice within reach for women everywhere.

This panel is chaired by Santilla Chingaipe.

It is the job of a revolution to shock, to provoke, and to upset, not to behave or to be polite.

Mona Eltahawy

How is it that we have laid bodies down in streets, challenged patriarchy in courts, bled for fair wages, and still inequalities persist?

Tressie McMillan Cottom

We like our heroines to be courageous, but we don't want them to be messy. We want them to confront patriarchy, but we don't want them to have lovers half their age. We praise women for surviving abuse and torture, but when the resultant trauma and suffering make them angry and volatile, we fear and deride them.

Sisonke Msimang

Presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Carriageworks.

This session is supported by The Wheeler Centre.


Standard – $29 + booking fee
UNSW Student & Under 18s – $23 + booking fee


$49 - $124 + booking fee

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Wheelchair Accessible

Carriageworks has a wheelchair ramp and level access at all entrances. There is level access and accessible seating available in all venues along with multiple accessible toilets. Accessible parking is available at the end of Carriageworks Way. Enter via 229 Wilson Street. The closest train station with wheelchair access is Newtown Station.

Auslan & Captioning

The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan and captioning services for selected talks upon request. 

Companion Card

The Centre for Ideas supports the Companion Card program. For patrons who require assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder.


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Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning author, activist, and commentator. Her essays and op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she is a frequent commentator on the BBC, France24, Deutsche Welle, and other TV and radio platforms. She is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution and The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls.

Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom is a digital sociologist, professor, writer and columnist. She publishes and lectures around the world on inequality, higher education, technology and culture. She is the editor and author of several books, including the critically-acclaimed, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the U.S. With her colleagues, she has developed the first graduate degree programs in Digital Sociology. Cottom's research, writing, teaching, and speaking has shaped international conversations about inequality in the digital society.

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is the author of The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela and Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home. She is a South African writer whose work is focussed on race, gender and democracy. Sisonke has written for a range of international publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera.

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. She spent nearly a decade working for SBS World News which saw her report from across Africa and interview some of the continent’s most prominent leaders and report extensively on Australia’s diverse African communities. Her film credits include the landmark SBS documentary, DATE MY RACE and BLACK AS ME. Her latest documentary series THIRD CULTURE KIDS is currently streaming on ABC iView.

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