Caroline de Costa in conversation
Readings Hawthorn — 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122
Join Caroline de Costa and Christine Gordon in conversation at our beautiful Hawthorn store.
Caroline de Costa is the first woman to become a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology in Australia, and she has been a major contributor to Australian women getting the reproductive health services they need. She is a professor at James Cook University in Cairns, editor of The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, author of 15 books and mother of seven children.
When Caroline de Costa first started delivering babies, technology was limited, fathers were not allowed on the ward, cane toads were used as pregnancy tests and women were never obstetricians. “We don’t train women in Sydney, don’t even think about it,” Caroline said she was told in 1974 when she applied to become a junior registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology. Men have always wanted to control women’s bodies, and Caroline has been instrumental in giving Australian women of all backgrounds the opportunity to resist, and to choose when and how they have babies. Her behind-the-scenes stories reveal it’s often the little things that win a campaign. Her latest book, The Women’s Doc shares funny and poignant stories from the labour ward and from the frontline of campaigns for women’s reproductive rights
This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.
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