Jane Caro – feminist, public school advocate, & writer

This time our guest is the delightfully feisty and articulate Jane Caro. We had a fascinating discussion that ranged across issues from how to be your authentic self to why women should not burn it all down right now.

Jane Caro has a low boredom threshold and so wears many hats; including author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker, broadcaster and award winning advertising writer and Walkley Award recipient.

The common thread running through her career is a delight in words and a talent for using them to connect with other people. Today she runs her own communications consultancy.

She has published nine books; “The Stupid Country: How Australia is Dismantling Public Education” co-authored with Chris Bonnor (New South 2007), “The F Word. How we learned to swear by feminism” co-authored with Catherine Fox (New South, 2008) “Just a Girl” her first novel (UQP, 2011) and “What Makes a Good School?” co-authored with Chris Bonnor (New South, 2012).

Her book “For God’s Sake! An atheist, Christian, Jew and Muslim battle it out” co-authored with Antony Lowenstein, Simon Smart and Rachel Woodlock, was published in 2013 by Pan MacMillan.“Just a Queen” (UOP) was published in May 2017 and “plain-speaking jane” and  “Just Flesh and Blood” were published in 2018. In February 2019 she published “Accidental Feminists” (MUP).

Jane is sought after as a speaker, MC and workshop facilitator by a wide range of organisations, in both the public and private sectors. She has created, written, presented and co-produced for ABC Radio and Television. She is a weekly regular on Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise and Mornings on Channel 9.

Jane has appeared frequently on ABC’s Q&A, Sunrise, The Project, The Drum *(See her below) and Playbox. She has also been a regular panellist on the ABC’s top-rating show on advertising “The Gruen Transfer.” She is a regular on radio and has filled in as host for RN’s iconic “Life Matters”. She remains in high demand by advertising agencies as a freelance writer and her advertising work has won many national and international advertising awards including Cannes, AWARD, London International, ATV, Asia Pacific, One Show, Mobius, Kinsale, and Caxton.

She is the only woman to have been Chair of Judges of AWARD (Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association) and both Adelaide and Brisbane Art Directors Awards. She has a BA in English Literature from Macquarie University. She writes a regular column in Mt Magazine and contributes articles and oped’s regularly to The SMH, The Drum, The Conversation, Mamamia and New Matilda.

In July 2018 Jane was awarded the Walkley Award for Women in Leadership.

Jane mentors young business people through McCarthy Mentoring. She is on the Boards of Bell Shakespeare and the NSW Public Education Foundation. She is also the mother of two daughters, a wife, a beef producer and a timber grower.         

Jane was awarded an AM in June 2018 for significant service to the broadcast media as a journalist, social commentator and author.

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