On Thursday the 8th of March the library was very excited to host its first ever International Women’s Day event. Close to 90 people attended the library for a delicious morning tea and presentation from special guest speaker Alice Fraser.
Alice is an award winning comedian, writer, broadcaster and performer, who treated guests to some hilarious and intelligent insights into what it means to be a woman today. Her previous job as a lawyer and current role in the world of comedy means she is well versed in navigating the challenging waters of being a woman in traditionally male-dominated industries. Alice’s meaningful anecdotes and charismatic sense of humour left many with a broad smile on their face, with stories ranging from her Buddhist upbringing to inappropriate grandmothers and the importance of having uncomfortable conversations on the road to social progress.
Alice’s nuggets of wisdom about success in life sprinkled throughout her presentation also encouraged us to consider our own approaches to life. In particular, the suggestion of finding what you’re good at and endeavouring to use those skills in a way that benefits society elicited knowing nods from the crowd as we considered what that might mean to us.
Equal parts enlightening, empowering and undeniably funny, Alice’s presentation gave us all a great deal to think about in our own lives. We would like to extend a very warm thank you to Alice for joining us on an event milestone for the Tea Tree Gully Library. The great success of the event will no doubt be replicated at the next International Women’s Day gathering in 2019!
If you missed out on our morning tea or would like to hear more of her highly entertaining musings, Alice is currently performing her show “Ethos” at the Adelaide Fringe until March 18th.