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“DANCING ON THE CEILING”
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Friday, Feb. 28th, Sydney Town Hall
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from women for this type of event and
discussion to happen. WSS will have
achieved what it intended to when it
is no longer “special” to hear women’s
voices and perspectives in an event such
as this. When these voices are heard
and acted on in a truly equal way. WSS
has had its own journey over the past 3
years and has really come of age. In a
way we have broken through our own
ceiling, especially now we are a premium
Mardi Gras event, at Sydney Town Hall,
the night before the Parade. The event is
a testament to the outstanding team of
volunteers who produce it. No doubt it
will be a highlight for women this season
and even though it has a strong mes-
sage, it is a fun and entertaining night at
the same time.
Steph: What are you looking forward
to most about returning to Sydney and
Merryn: It is always good to come
home! I love Sydney, especially during
summer and Mardi Gras. More impor-
tantly though, having been a vocal part
of the push for marriage equality in the
U.S., I am now keen to see that become
a reality in my own country. If it can hap-
pen in a politically conservative culture
like the States, there’s no reason why it
can’t happen in Australia. Conservatives
will always try to suppress women and
minority groups, but what’s happening in
the U.S. is proof that we don’t have to put
up with that. We just
need more people to
to make the change.
I’m going to try to get
that message across.
and women still
struggle for equal
rights around the
world. What is the
most pressing issue
for women in 2014?
Steph: Excellent question, Merryn, and
one that has many different answers.
This is why WSS assembles some of the
most interesting speakers to educate
but also to inspire and motivate our audi-
ence to go out and make change.
Steph: If we were to ask you what is
the most pressing issue for women in
2014, what would you say?
Merryn: For me, it is the fundamental
right to love who I love without fear
of persecution or discrimination. This
right overlaps with the broader feminist
need to end violence and discrimina-
tion against all women. The other two
pressing issues are equal pay and repro-
ductive rights, which are still seriously
lacking in the majority of the world.
Merryn: Why should all women “say
something” and why is WSS a good
place to start?
Steph: Everyone can get involved with
WSS. We have very accessible price
points starting at $30 for the event and
ranging to a full three-course dinner with
fine wine. We also continue our “Pay
What You Can Afford” option. This option
ensures that women are not turned away
from the event if they are experiencing
financial difficulties. You can get details
on how to apply for these tickets by
Our events are entertaining but with
a strong message. We don’t feel that
feminism should be serious all the time,
or be filled with big words or concepts.
There is definitely a place for that, but at
WSS we want to empower everyone to
make change at whatever level they feel
comfortable with. We want to encourage
women to take a new step towards a
more equal life not only for themselves
but also for women in places where
they have no voice. We want a place
and a space where we can celebrate the
achievements of women, to hear their
stories of how they got there, and what
more they can achieve. And it doesn’t
stop there. You can leave the event
feeling inspired to Do Something and
join in our on-line communities after
the events. And it’s fun! It’s a great night
with friends, with music, with sharing.
Everyone leaves Women Say Something
with a big smile on their face and feeling
Steph: So I’ll see you there?
Merryn: I wouldn’t miss it for the world!
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