Winning for women – a Q&A discussion with Iola Mathews

Join us for a Q&A discussion with Iola Mathews, hosted by Maxine McKew.

The heady days of second wave feminism in Australia, when the role of women at work and at home changed decisively, are described in a new book by Iola MathewsWinning for Women. The John Cain Foundation and Per Capita invite you to a Q&A discussion with Iola and Maxine McKew.

Iola was one of the first generation of women trying to ‘have it all’ with a career and children. Her honest and revealing memoir takes us inside the day-to-day groundwork required to bring about reforms in areas like affirmative action, equal pay, superannuation, childcare, parental leave and work-family issues. It is an important record of a pivotal time for women in Australia’s history, and a vital source for policy makers and all those interested in women, work and families. Iola’s story shows what can be achieved when passionate people commit to changing the rules and fighting for fairness.

Iola is an author, co-founder of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, and a former journalist at The Age . Later she worked at the ACTU as an industrial officer and advocate, specialising in women’s employment, for which she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal. She was the advocate in the parental leave case and equal pay cases for child care workers and clerical workers. More recently, she established writers’ studios in the National Trust property ‘Glenfern’ in East St Kilda.  She lives in Melbourne with her husband, Dr Race Mathews.


The front cover of Winning for Women, a book by Iola Matthews.



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