Karen Pickering is a feminist presenter and writer based in Melbourne. She is the creator and host of Cherchez la Femme, a monthly talkshow of popular culture and current affairs from an unapologetically feminist angle (aka Feminism in the Pub). Cherchez la Femme has toured to Tasmania, NSW and the ACT and will soon visit SA, WA and QLD. The CLF podcast, produced by Ron Killeen, was recently named one of the Top Ten in Melbourne by Time Out Magazine.
Her work has appeared in the Guardian, The Hoopla, Overland, Crikey, The Drum, and New Matilda. She has appeared on The Project, ABC News Breakfast, ABC2′s Big Ideas, Triple J, Radio National, ABC774 and at The Wheeler Centre, as well as Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival, BOFA Film Festival and the Amnesty International Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival. She regularly comments in the media on feminist issues and has a weekly segment, Feminist About Town, with Katie Purvis on JOY949 talking feminist news and events. She also records a podcast of pop culture and feminist babes, Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am, with Jessica Alice.
Her employment history includes stints as a bartender, governess, trivia host, PhD student, tutor, lecturer, union official, archivist, historian, editor, sex educator and low-level public servant. She nows works as a professional public speaker, MC, voice artist, and can tailor workshops around gender, sex, feminism, violence against women, media literacy and online community building to your needs.