A Second Wave of Sports Feminism? Progress and Possibilities for Women in Sport

19 May  2017
5.00 to 6.45pm
Deakin Downtown

Women in sport have captured the public imagination, with an explosion of interest in women’s physical pursuits and successes. In Australia, we have witnessed the recent formation of elite women’s football and cricket sport competitions and an unprecedented celebration of sporting women’s achievements. Lifestyle activities like yoga and fitspo are offering new opportunities for women to participate in fitness, while public health campaigns encourage girls to get physically active.

Event details

A panel of Australia’s leading experts on women’s sport and physical activity will discuss the growing attention and investment in women’s sport and fitness. In this forum, we take stock of the current place of women in sport, asking why women’s sport is gaining traction at this moment, what new issues are arising from the rapid changes in the gender landscape of sport and how sport and physical activity empower women in their everyday lives.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr Kim Toffoletti.

This event is supported by The Australian Gender and Women’s Studies Association and Deakin’s Women in Sport and Exercise (WISE) hub.

Event panellists

Molina Asthana: Founder of Multicultural Women in Sport - an organisation that is working towards the increasing participation of multicultural women in sports for empowerment, well-being and a sense of belonging. She is a lawyer and AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador.

Catherine Palmer: Professor of Sociology at University of Tasmania and international expert on gender, sport and public policy. Catherine has worked with the United Nations on their Sport for Development and Peace Programme, the National Commission for Women (UK), the London Olympic Development Authority on women's safety at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Catherine's latest book is ‘Rethinking Drinking and Sport’ (Ashgate, 2015).

Shelley Ware: One of the most respected and recognised female presenters of AFL football in the country, Shelly is co-host of the Marngrook Footy Show and a proud Yankanjatjara and Wirangu woman from Adelaide, South Australia.

Register your interest

This is a free event, however registrations are essential.


Key information

Date / Time

19 May 2017
5.00 to 6.45pm


Deakin Downtown
Level 12, Tower 2
727 Collins Street

Contact details

Please email queries about the event to Kim Toffoletti: kim.toffoletti@deakin.edu.au