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Karen Pickering is a feminist educator, presenter and writer based in Melbourne. She was the creator and host of Cherchez la Femme, a monthly talkshow of popular culture and current affairs from an unapologetically feminist angle. Cherchez la Femme also presented the feminist dating mixer, Meet Cute, and the annual variety show, Feministmas.

She was a cofounder and the first director of Girls On Film Festival (GOFF), an annually produced live mixtape of film, music, and talk built around a mutual love of movies, parties and feminism.

She was part of the original crew that brought SlutWalk to Australia and led the organising team for four years, where Melbourne became the biggest SlutWalk protest outside Toronto. Karen edited Doing It, a collection of sex-positive writing by women for University of Queensland Press, in 2016.

She is currently engaged by the Victorian Women’s Trust on a large-scale project on the experience and representation of menstruation and menopause in contemporary Australian society. She also presents in schools for SEED Workshops, to girls and boys aged 12-17, focusing on self-esteem, body image, consent and gender.

Karen has appeared in the Guardian, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Overland, Crikey, The Drum, and New Matilda, as well as on The Project, ABC News Breakfast, ABC2’s Big Ideas, Triple J, Radio National, ABC774, the BBC and at The Wheeler Centre, Women of Letters, Pushy Women, and at the Melbourne Writers Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Festival of Unpopular Culture, Emerging Writers’ Festival, BOFA Film Festival and the Amnesty International Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival. She was a jury member of the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival, the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction, and on the selection panel of the Victorian Honour Roll for Women.

Her work is always about empowering and communicating with women, in spaces that put them first. She is uncompromising in her view that feminism is a force for good in the world, with the potential to grow, challenge, mediate and build a better society for all people.