Feminist Book Club: Get the Girls Out

Book choice by October MISSives guest editor, Tamika Jarvis

I first met Lucy Bloom after a keynote speech she delivered in Beijing, China. I was participating in the China Australia Millenial Project (CAMP) program with my baby, and she was motivating the cohort around all things leadership, resilience and leading with kindness. Lucy is the type of woman you need in your circles – and your corner – and I’ve followed her journey over the past six years.

Lucy is a feminist and phenomenal human being (with the most incredible hair you’ll see this year). Beginning her career in advertising, she operated her own boutique advertising agency for over a decade before manning the helm of two international aid charities. As the CEO of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, Lucy worked with Dr. Catherine Hamlin – an Australian surgeon treating Ethiopian women for the devastating but easily treated childbirth injury; obstetric fistula. Lucy then turned her passion for storytelling into a third chapter – carving yet another successful career as a keynote speaker and professional motivator (Be warned – her tricks work. You may leave motivated to create radical change).

In Lucy’s memoir – Get the Girls Out – She details her life’s adventures from working as a jackeroo in outback Australia, supporting 55+ births as a doula, and even giving birth herself at a party.

YWCA Australia wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work, live and play and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise First Nations people as the custodians of the lands, seas and skies, with more than 60,000 years of wisdom, connection and relationship in caring for Country.

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