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Dr Leslie Cannold: The Book of Rachael and the Struggle for Equality by Girls around the World

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The Book of Rachael is an historical novel charting the obstacles in the way of the talented and intelligent protagonist, Rachael, enjoying the same opportunities as her brother.

But what many don’t realise is that it is the experience of girls in the West that has changed from Rachael’s time. Many young women coming of age in the developing world today suffer many of the same tragedies and challenges as Rachael. In this talk Dr Cannold draws on the well-known story of Malala Yousafzai to illustrate the ongoing challenges faced by girls in parts of today’s world where education, healthcare and even food will be denied in favour of male siblings. She discusses what this means for feminist efforts in the relatively advanced west, and inspires audiences to recognise their power to make a difference – in Australia or abroad – and to reach out a helping hand.

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