Lately, Melbourne has become a hotbed of female-focussed events that are taking a feminist slant on everything from literature to politics to porn. Whether you’re a bookworm or a film fanatic, a #ladyboss or just dyyyying to meet other members of Melbourne’s ever-growing girl gang, here are the best events to check out for your feminist fix. Girl power FTW.
#1: Cherchez La Femme
Directly translated as ‘look for the woman,’ Cherchez La Femme is a monthly live talk show that examines topical issues through the lady lens. Held in the Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood, each event sees four speakers from different backgrounds discuss everything from porn to politics, TV shows to career choices. The next event tackles feminism and violence, and takes place on Tuesday 6th October—pick up your ticket here.
The group also run a ‘meet cute,’ a networking event for anyone and everyone who’s open-minded and pro-feminism to hang out, chat, have a few drinks and generally be surrounded by other interesting people. Cherchez, we love you!
#2: Filmme Fatales
If you’re a lady who loves movies (or someone who loves ladies who love movies), Filmme Fatales is going to be your new favourite zine. Focussing on anything and everything to do with feminism and film, the Melbourne-based publication is a great read for some intelligent takes on silver-screen culture. The Filmme Fatales crew sometimes hold screenings as well as issue launch parties at The Good Copy, Melbourne’s most awesome writing hub. Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with all the news you’ll need.
#3: Women Of Letters
Combining literature, comedy, music and opinion, Women Of Letters celebrates the ladies by inviting five women to read a letter they have written aloud to an audience. Started way back in 2010, the initiative has gone on to tour the USA as well as literature events around the world.
The same geniuses also run Men Of Letters, giving you dudes your own space to listen and learn from some of Australia’s most interesting thinkers. Book your ticket to their next ladies’ event held in Northcote on Sunday 27th September here.
#4: Girls On Film Festival 2015
The Girls On Film Festival is about three things: Movies, parties and feminism. Kicking off on Friday 23rd October and running until Sunday 25th, the film festival showcases the best films from recent and not-so-recent years that feature strong lady lead characters and the ultimate girl gangs. Expect Thelma & Louise, Matilda, Princess Mononoke and Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion.
#5: League of Extraordinary Women
So you love a bit of #ladyboss action? Get involved with the League of Extraordinary Women, who host some fantastic events for female entrepreneurs and business leaders, where you can hear from top speakers as well as meeting other pro-active businesswomen. Unfortunately, their annual Run The World conference has just happened, but lock it in for next year and in the meantime, drop by some of the League’s top business breakfasts.
#6: Ladies Of Leisure
The girls behind Melbourne creative girls' club, Ladies Of Leisure, are anything but. The group runs workshops and events that promote ladies who work within the creative sphere, and provide an opportunity for others to learn from some of Melbourne's trailblazing female talent. If you can't make it to any of the Ladies Of Leisure up-coming workshops, which are held as part of their pop-up store at 155 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, from Monday 28th September, pick up one of their self-published magazines for some fem-spiration.
#7: Business Chicks
Business Chicks is another great network for career-savvy women. As a member, you get access to an awesome network of other like-minded ladies, invitations to seminars and events, and a ton of online content that covers everything from business development ideas to the latest fashion trends. Look out for their next Melbourne event—an evening with fashion illustrator Megan Hess—which takes place on Wednesday 30th September.
#8: All Star Women’s Comic Book Club
The world of comics can be a weird place if you’re a woman, mostly because for decades you’ve featured on their colourful pages fighting crime in weird, totally impractical metal bikinis (seriously, what is up with that?!). If you’re looking to talk comics with some girls who understand that you’ll need to be wearing more than knickers if you’re going to save the world, hit up the next All Star Women’s Comic Book Club, held on Flinders Lane on Saturday 26th September.
We know there are heaps more girls’ club-esque events out there, folks! If you know of any others, drop me a line here.
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