All About Women at Cowra Civic Centre for International Women's Day

Designed to make you think and push your boundaries, All About Women is a vibrant festival that asks questions about gender, justice and equality. Cowra Civic Centre will present two sessions of the live satellite broadcast from Sydney Opera House for International Women's Day on Sunday March 8.

The first session is called The Gendered Brain and is presented by Professor Gina Rippon. For centuries, science has been trying to prove that men's and women's brains are different. Rippon, a cognitive researcher, smashes this persistent myth and reveals the politics and prejudice behind it. In her ground-breaking book by the same name, Rippon dismantles the idea that there are distinct differences in male and female brains. Unpacking the dubious historical science, like 18th Century experiments that saw empty skulls measured with bird seed, Rippon shows how early research fuelled the persistent myth that female biology is inferior. She presents cutting edge neuroscience to detail how our brains are highly plastic, individualised, adaptable and full of potential.

The second session is presented by Astrophysicist Jo Dunkley and examines The Forgotten Women of Astronomy. Taking a telescope to the night sky and a critical eye to our past, Dunkley explores the universe while unearthing a line of stellar female astronomers who ran the risk of being consigned to the black hole of history. From the basics - like why the earth orbits the Sun - to astonishing facts about star catalogues and superclusters, this brilliant communicator will take us on a cosmic journey of scientific discovery. Along the way, you will encounter some extraordinary, little-known women who defied the restrictions placed on them because of their gender, and whose pioneering research laid the foundations that Professor Dunkley has built on.

All About Women Satellite screens at Cowra Civic Centre on Sunday 8 March at 11am. Tickets are just $10 each. This special event will be followed by a screening at 2pm of the popular film Ride Like A Girl which is directed by Rachel Griffiths.

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Gina Rippon

Professor Gina Rippon is an international researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience based at the Aston Brain Centre at Aston University in Birmingham. Her research involves the use of state of the art brain imaging techniques, to investigate developmental disorders such as autism. She is a regular contributor to events such as the British Science Festival, New Scientist Live and the Sceptics in the Pub series. In 2015 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association for her contributions to the public communication of science. She is also an advocate for initiatives to help overcome the underrepresentation of women in STEAM subjects. As part of a European Union Gender Equality Network, she has addressed conferences all over the world. She belongs to WISE and ScienceGrrl, and is a member of Robert Peston's Speakers4Schools programme and the Inspiring the Future initiative

Jo Dunkely

An internationally renowned academic, Jo Dunkley is Professor of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. She was part of the science team for NASA's WMAP space satellite, and now works on the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, the Simons Observatory, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Maxwell Medal, the Fowler Prize for Astronomy, the Royal Society's Rosalind Franklin award and the Philip Leverhulme Prize.