Celebrate women's achievements at the International Women’s Day 2019 with Women in Super and our highly acclaimed guest speaker: author, journalist and TV presenter Tracey Spicer.
"Balance for Better" is the global theme of this year's International Women's Day and we are proud that Australian journalist, author and broadcaster Tracey Spicer who has long been a driving force for gender balance in Australia will speak at our Women in Super lunchtime event in Melbourne.
ABOUT THE EVENT and TRACEY SPICER
Getting paid significantly less than male colleagues though equally, if not better qualified for the role? Getting overlooked when it comes to promotions simply because you are a woman? Being criticised continuously or harassed by blokes in your workplace because you are female? Not having your contract renewed because you just had a baby? Trying to get pregnant, juggle kids, elderly parents, partner and your career while hitting brick walls in your way?
Tracey Spicer has encountered it all as a highly successful journalist, radio and TV presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News, daughter, mother, wife and woman. Although for a long time she was a “good girl” fitting into a male-dominated system obeying humiliating unwritten rules, when it all became too much, she stood up for herself as well as many other women who were treated equally as unfair. Tracey Spicer became “The Good Girl Stripped Bare” which is also the title of her autobiography. Driven by her strong sense of justice, the mother of two sued a well-known TV station for unfair and discriminating dismissal, causing an uproar.
One of Australian Financial Review's top 100 Women of Influence
Since then, Tracey Spicer has been a driving force in Australia to achieve gender balance and gender equality in all areas of life. The founder of NOW Australia, an organisation that, inspired by the #MeToo movement in the US, provides support and encouragement for those who experience sexual harassment, Tracey was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for her contribution to Journalism in Australia and her charity work. In 2018 the Australian Financial Review listed her as one of Australia’s top 100 Women of Influence.
Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication in 2017, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than five million views. Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia. She is an Ambassador for ActionAid, World Vision, NSW Cancer Council, QUT’s Learning Potential Fund and SISTER2sister, and Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.
She is currently working on a book and documentary about the #metoo movement, which she spearheaded in Australia through award-winning investigative journalism.
In her presentation Tracey Spicer will address challenges women in our industry face and share her unique experiences with you to inspire and empower you to overcome them. All that, spiced with her wicked sense of humour, will certainly leave you in a positive mood despite the long road to gender balance that might still lay ahead of us.
To learn more about Women in Super Founder, Mavis Robertson, and why we have named our event series after her, please click here.