Bishop’s lead­er­ship speech to launch women’s club . . . at a se­cret lo­ca­tion

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FOR­MER for­eign minister Julie Bishop will speak on lead­er­ship next Satur­day at a $280-a-ticket VIP gar­den party to launch a new fe­male net­work­ing club. The event, at an undis­closed pri­vate ad­dress in Medindie, will be the Adelaide launch of the Fu­ture Women net­work­ing club cre­ated by the for­mer ed­i­tor of Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly, He­len McCabe, who is now head of dig­i­tal con­tent at Chan­nel 9.

Ms McCabe who, like Ms Bishop is from Adelaide, said this was the club’s sec­ond VIP event and the most ex­pen­sive.

“It’s a pre­mium event so we want it to be fab­u­lous,” Ms McCabe said.

Ms Bishop, who is in Mex­ico at­tend­ing the wed­ding of To­day host Karl Ste­fanovic and Jas­mine Yar­brough, has called Ms McCabe “the in­sti­ga­tor and ge­nius” be­hind Fu­ture Women.

“I am de­lighted to sup­port Fu­ture Women, a plat­form that en­cour­ages in­de­pen­dent jour­nal­ism and gen­der equal­ity,” she told The Ad­ver­tiser.

At the first Fu­ture Women event on Oc­to­ber 30 in Syd­ney, Ms Bishop’s ad­dress drew a no­table band of women in­clud­ing Went­worth MP Dr Ker­ryn Phelps, MP Ju­lia Banks who last month quit the Liberal Party to be­come an in­de­pen­dent, and Adelaide’s for­mer Aus­tralian Demo­crat Sen­a­tor Natasha Stott De­spoja, who Ms Bishop ap­pointed Aus­tralia’s Am­bas­sador for Women and Girls.

Ms McCabe said the po­lit­i­cal tur­moil over bul­ly­ing in Can­berra was gen­er­at­ing a sec­ondary wave of the #MeToo move­ment.

“(At the event) there was this re­ally in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tion at the top level and in pri­vate at the ta­bles go­ing on about what was go­ing on in Can­berra, the level of bul­ly­ing and what it looked like in a real sense,” she said.

The sub­scrip­tion-based Fu­ture Women club is built around jour­nal­ism, so­cial me­dia con­ver­sa­tions and the ex­change of ideas, topped up with phys­i­cal net­work­ing events such as Wine Wed­nes­days. Ms McCabe said she had been plan­ning Fu­ture Women ahead of the #MeToo move­ment.

“The #MeToo move­ment came when I was fi­nal­is­ing the model with Nine and it was al­most frus­trat­ing – it was like ‘aah, hurry up!’,” she said. FOR MORE DE­TAILS, VISIT: FU­TURE WOMEN.COM/EVENTS

Pic­ture: JOHN FEDER

EQUAL­ITY: Jour­nal­ist He­len McCabe.

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