Wendy McCarthy: how she helped decriminalise abortion and how we can step up

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Published Jul 12, 2022, 7:29 PM

Described by Quentin Bryce as a 'National Treasure' Wendy McCarthy has been instrumental in shaping today's experience of motherhood. Host Amelia Phillips and Wendy discuss how she was able to be a feminist, activist, mother and teacher, how she campaigned to allow fathers to be present during birth, to decriminalise abortion in NSW in 2019, and ended up deputy chair of the ABC. She tells us how we can, and should, stand up for matters close to our heart and now is the time to play a part in shaping our future.  

About the guest:

Wendy McCarthy is nothing short of a powerhouse force for change. Now in her 80s, Wendy remains Deputy-Chair of Goodstart Early Learning, a Non-executive Director of IMF Bentham, a Patron of the Sydney Women’s Fund, Ambassador for 1 Million Women, and Advisor to Grace Papers. Wendy boasts one of the most impressive resumes of her time having affected positive change for Australian women all throughout her career. 

Her latest memoir Don't Be Too Polite Girls is full of brilliant storytelling and wise words for ambitious women. 

About the host:

Amelia Phillips is an exercise, nutrition, parenting and business expert with a career spanning 26 years in health. She's a registered exercise scientist, nutritionist and researcher (with a masters of human nutrition). She is the co-founder of health tech company 12WBT which grew from start-up to 56 staff. After a successful exit, she now consults to health companies, presents and appears in the media. Amelia had four kids in five years and is dedicated to empowering women to build a life after kids on the foundation of health (mental and physical), love and purpose. 

If you have a question for Amelia, reach out via Insta @_amelia_phillips, email ap@ameliaphillips.com.au or text an audio question to: 0417458772

Find out more at www.ameliaphillips.com.au

Host: Amelia Phillips                                                                                                        Guest: Wendy McCarthy AO
Audio Producer: Darren Roth
Music: Matt Nicholich                                                                                                      Production Partner: Nova Entertainment Pty Ltd

Healthy Her acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. 
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