Bishop’s leadership speech to launch women’s club . . . at a secret location
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
EQUALITY: Journalist Helen McCabe.