Writer Melanie Joosten (A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age) believes it’s time for younger feminists to fight for the rights of older women. Two-thirds of people aged over 85 are women, and most of the poorly paid aged care workforce are women. Many women have spent their lives doing unpaid work, leaving them less financially secure in retirement. Ageing can be difficult, but it can also be a time of liberation. Melanie examines old age as a feminist cause. 

Melanie Joosten (Australian)

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Melanie Joosten's most recent novel is Gravity Well. She is also the author of the non-fiction collection A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age and the novel Berlin Syndrome. Melanie was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist in 2012 and received the Kathleen Mitchell Award for Young Writers. Berlin Syndrome was recently released as a film directed by Cate Shortland.

Aaron Nyerges (Australian)

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Aaron Nyerges is a lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney and a BA from the State University of New York. He is currently writing a book on American modernism, mass media, and the production of geographic knowledge.