International Women’s Day went by in a blur of my first day of tutorials for the academic year. I’m teaching in media studies with a focus on the institutional aspects of media organisations, which is a very dynamic subject right now between the antics of Gina Rinehart and the Murdoch empire, while the Kony 2012 campaign offers a timely example of a trans-media campaign–as well as, of course, bringing much-needed attention to staggering, orchestrated abuses of human rights.
Well, as much as some might complain about a special day for women, I don’t feel obliged to confine my celebrations to so short a period. And luckily neither do many others; take the AWW 2012 Challenge, for instance–my goodness, a whole year!
Another celebration of women and their achievements that I’m aware of is the American-based Women’s History Month running throughout March. I only became aware of it through dogpossum’s series of posts at her blog. If ‘Jass!’ and ‘Dancing!’ are your thing–or even just women working in male-dominated professions–then dogpossum’s profiles of the leading ladies of the jazz and other reflection will be of interest to you.
(Oh, but wait, look! There’s an Australian chapter of the American organisation here.)
More directly related to the written word and the focus of this blog is James Tierney’s post where he does a gender audit of the books pages of two major Australian newspapers. He provides a few great links too, most notably to an essay by Sophie Cunningham, one of the founders of the Stella Prize.
Finally, I also really enjoyed this summary of a discussion about whether women write differently to men, over at Bookish Girl.
Happy–if belated–International Women’s Day, to you!