Sydney Opera House’s All About Women once again streams live to the Butter Factory Theatre in 2016!

Beginning with the panel What needs to change? a remarkable group of prominent women discuss what they would do if they had the power to make things change overnight. Following the panel is Orange is the New Black, a talk with the real life Piper Kerman on what she’s learnt about women during her incarceration and the lessons she carries with her now as an advocate for the rights of prisoners.

All About Women is presented as part of Sydney Opera House’s annual talks program Ideas at the House.

Join us again in 2016 for a great day of discussion, thought and celebration.

Line Up

12.30pm: Registration & Welcome

Satellite event hosted by Jenny Brockie

1pm – 2.10pm: What needs to change?

2.10pm – 3pm: Drinks & nibbles provided by HotHouse Theatre

3pm – 4pm: Orange is the New Black with Piper Kerman

4pm – 4.30pm: Participant discussion & close


Sunday 6 March 12.30 – 4.30pm


Full $25

Concession $20 (On presentation of valid Seniors, Pension, or Healthcare card)

Student $15


With Masha Gessen, Crystal Lameman, Mallory Ortberg, Ann Sherry, Anne- Marie Slaughter, Jennie Brockie (Chair)

If you could change the world overnight, what would you do first? Sometimes, it can seem like women are stuck as second-class citizens: devastating domestic violence statistics, the lack of women in leadership everywhere, the number of mothers living on the poverty line or beneath it. Yes, the situation for women has improved dramatically, but there are still seemingly immovable obstacles to real equality.

What needs to change? We ask our panel to tell us what crucial levers they would pull if they had the power to change things overnight.


Orange is the New Black

Meet the real life Piper Kerman, otherwise known as inmate #11187-424. You may know the story from the Netflix series based on her bestselling memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.

How did a well-educated woman from Boston with a thirst for travel and adventure become embroiled in a money laundering operation – and how did her criminal past inspire a cult television series? From her first strip search to her final release, Piper reveals the lessons she learnt ‘doing time’ and how the generosity and acceptance of the women she met inside inspired her to become an advocate for the rights of female prisoners.

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