Jane Caro Interview

25 Apr, 2013 by

Jane Caro Interview

What began as a Twitter hashtag has become a movement. At the end of August, 2012, in response to an announcement by Prime Minister Gillard that Australia would donate $300 million to train women in the Pacific region in leadership, radio host Alan Jones declared that women were doing enough harm already and signaled out two – Ex-Victorian Police Commissioner Christine Nixon and Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore – as examples, saying that female leaders were destroying the joint.

Jane Caro, author, lecturer, communications consultant and regular on The Gruen Transfer responded with a tweet “Got time on my hands tonight so thought I’d come up with new ways to destroy the joint, being a woman and all. Ideas welcome.” The response was enormous, and once the hashtag #destroythejoint was added, it became an organising point and rallying cry.

Now, in addition to the twitter tag and facebook group, there is a book to add to the conversation. Jane Caro has edited and curated a new collection of essays and stories from the likes of Leslie Cannold, Penny Wong, Christine Milne and Melissa Lucashenko, called Destroying The Joint: Why Women Have to Change the World.

Jane joined Sky Kirkham to talk about the idea and the book. Originally broadcast on 25/04/13. Destroying the Joint is out through UQP.


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