High Tea with Tory Shepherd

September 6th, 2019

More Australian women are leaving the choice to have children until later, having fewer kids when they do or having none at all. 

For Adelaide author Tory Shepherd it was “never a negative thing about kids, it was just an absence of wanting”. But she knew that for many others it was not so clear cut…

The increased freedom women have to choose motherhood – or not – and how it is reshaping our society formed the basis of her new book, On Freedom – and the topic for Spence Club’s latest event.

More than 30 of our members gathered to hear Tory in conversation with Spence Club Board Member and journalist Lauren Novak and pose their own questions from the audience.

If you missed it, here are some of Tory’s main takeaways:

  • To be clear, she’s not a baby hater – she just doesn’t want one of her own.
  • Women have never had more choices and options when it comes to procreation, insemination or contraception, but with choice comes the implication that there’s a right choice…
  • The number of women who are fertile but childless is on the up — mostly in developed countries where women have more education and freedom to choose.
  • Australian women are having an average 1.74 children each now – and we’ve been below replacement level (2 per couple) since 1976.
  • World leaders including the Pope, the Turkish President and Australian politicians have openly described women without children as “lacking”, “deficient” or “deliberately barren”.
  • Dropping fertility rates mean adult nappies are now outselling baby nappies in Japan!
  • Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, coined the phrase the “errant” or “wandering” uterus and invented ways of “fixing” it – including urging women to drink boiled puppy soup!

Spence Club member Karina Albanese was lucky enough to win a copy of On Freedom – generously donated by Tory as the door prize for this event – while others lined up to have her sign copies purchased on the day.

The Mayfair Hotel in Adelaide’s CBD served a delicious High Tea and welcome drinks, catering for all manner of dietary requirements.

And attendees supported Spence Club’s 2019-20 charity partner Essentials 4 Women SA by donating sanitary items and underwear to be distributed to local ladies in need.

Just some of the 56 items donated to Essentials 4 Women SA.

If you missed this event, we’d love to see you at our upcoming gala dinner celebrating 125 years since South Australian women won the right to vote. Join us at the National Wine Centre from 7pm on Friday, October 4.

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