Michael Kimmel: Reigniting Gender Equality Conversations in Australia

On Tuesday, 4 August, TalkPoint was privileged to host Dr. Michael Kimmel, Distinguished SUNY Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies. He joined us here in Sydney to talk to corporate leaders about how to engage men in efforts to improve gender equality in our workplaces.

Our lunch event was beautifully captured by talented Photographer Anna Turner, a full gallery of images can be viewed here: Michael Kimmel Gallery

When saying goodbye to Michael at the end of our day together, I asked him what was present for him now that wasn’t before, to which he replied: “Before, the Sydney business community was conceptual, but after engaging 250 people over our 3 events, it’s now relational.” He’s highly motivated to support us to accelerate gender equality (and the rise of male feminists) locally, and I’m so pleased to let you know Michael has set a very clear intention to return next year.

Michael clearly played a huge role in reigniting our conversations and thinking. He also attracted some media attention while he was here:

Particularly useful evidence and cited by Angela Priestley, Michael outlined research by sociologists Scott Coltrane and Michele Adams that found men who share the housework and childcare with their partners experience a huge range of benefits.

While you’re online, you might also like to track back through the many messages imparted by Michael captured on our Twitter stream. We also invite you to follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook where we will share further updates about Michael’s teachings and all of our future learning events.

Please contact us if you would like to find out how we can collaborate on your own gender equality agenda, especially in anticipation of Michael’s next visit, which will be structured as a slow trip to help us dive much deeper and within the context of individual workplaces.

Let’s keep this flaming conversation burning bright!

Looking forwards with great appreciation and optimism,


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Robyn Katz

Robyn is the Founder and Director of Talkpoint. She's also the best point of contact if you would like to join and/or contribute to our community.

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