January 2021 Events

The Women’s Library remains closed to the public but our virtual events are continuing in January with Maggie’s Plan as our film selection and Right Wing Women: The Politics of Domesticated Females for the book club.

These events are free for members of The Women’s Library. See this page if you are not yet a member

Register here for the online activities: Women’s Film Club  |  Feminist Classics Book Club. Details about how to join the Zoom sessions are sent out the day before the event.

Women’s Film Meetup

Sunday 24 January at 6:00pm (Sydney time)

We will start 2021 with Greta Gerwig in Maggie’s Plan (2015) on SBS On Demand, a fun romantic comedy by seasoned film-maker Rebecca Miller.

A young womans decision to take control of her destiny and her fertility backfires when she falls in (and out of) love with a married man. Theres something of the Jane Austen heroine in manipulative but well-meaning Maggie (Greta Gerwig): shes Emma transposed to the age of turkey basters and sperm donors. A refreshingly complex and even somewhat unlikable character, she is presented without judgment. …Rebecca Millers wry, intellectually agile drama is the most overtly comic of her films so far.

Wendy Ide

The film runs for 1 hour, 35 minutes, plus ads. Please watch the film any time before the meetup on Sunday 24 January.
Read more about the film on the Maggie’s Plan official site.

Feminist Classics Book Club

Thursday 28 January at 7:00 pm (Sydney time)

Right Wing Women: The Politics of Domesticated Females, 1983 by Andrea Dworkin (249 pages)

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About the book:

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.”

Muriel Rukeyser

What does the Right offer to women? How does the Right mobilise women? Why is the Right succeeding in opposing women’s rights? With the stark precision and forceful passion that characterises all of her work, Andrea Dworkin answers these timely questions. By providing the first clear analysis of the impact of the Right’s position on abortion, homosexuality, anti-Semitism, female poverty, and antifeminism on women, Dworkin demonstrates how the Right attempts to both exploit and silence women’s deepest fears.

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