Sword, Gbowee, Goldman, Gillard: Women of Action!

July 16, 2015 By Michelle Hackett Over the last two Bluestocking bookclub meetings we discussed four autobiographies of influential women from around the world: Julia Gillard (Australia), Kirsty Sword Gusmao (East Timor), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Emma Goldman (US, Russia). This gave us a wide variety of topics to discuss, including politics, independence, wars, capitalism, and,…

World Press Photo Exhibition Private Tour

July 9, 2015 By Karen O’Sullivan Blue Stocking is thrilled with the fantastic turn out for our private tour of the World Press Photo Exhibition 2015 in Perth, Australia.  The Exhibition was hosted by the Western Australian Museum and the tour was conducted by the Dutch curator on 4 July 2015. We were also extremely…

Bobby Calves in WA

June 13, 2015 By Michelle Hackett Ethical milk – can it exist? The answer, of course, is entirely dependent on your own personal ethical framework. The easiest way to know that you’re not supporting businesses and practices that harm animals in the dairy industry is to become vegan. But there are also many people who,…

Review of ‘Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice’ by Martha Nussbaum

October 14, 2014 Martha Nussbaum’s Political Emotions is a thorough investigation of how political emotions – and particularly love – can be used to inform and motivate society to achieve human rights and social justice.  She does this by drawing on political philosophy, and presenting her argument through three sections on (i) history (ii) goals, resources and…

Review of ‘Debt: the first 5,000 years’ by David Graeber

March 24, 2014 By Sky Croeser Graeber’s book provides an enlightening 5000 year history of ‘economy’, using the concept of debt to help illustrate the ways that global and local economies have been shaped by historical factors. The underlying theme of his book, I believe, is not strictly ‘debt’, but is the way that ‘human…

Lessons for Social Change in the Global Economy: Voices from the Field

March 24, 2014 Our edited collection of chapters exploring approaches to creating change is now available for preorder. You can get a 30% discount if you preorder the book from Lexington: order directly online and enter the promotional code ‘LEX30AUTH14’ or download the order flyer. In recent decades it has become easier to imagine the end of the world than…