11 October 2016
This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they love about being part of our community is getting to know like-minded women. So, each month, we’ll feature an interview with a member, so you can get to know each other a little better. This month, meet Maddie Tier.
You in a nutshell?
Maddie. 26. Australia Public Servant working in Indigenous Affairs, on Land policy in the Northern Territory. I’m also a lawyer. In my spare time I like to lift heavy things, cook delicious things and read interesting things.
What’s on your playlist?
Music-wise I’ve been listing to lots of smooth R’n’B, dare I say ‘adult easy listening’. Particularly female artists. Think Alicia Keys and Yuna. When I’m at the gym, out on my bike, or running errands, I’m usually listening to podcasts though. Anything from Two Dope Queens to classic This American Life and of course Chat 10 Looks 3 with Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb.
Who is your feminist hero?
Celeste Liddle from Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist is my current feminist hero. She’s an amazingly raw writer and speaker who resonates with pride and anger but also love. She’s a fierce campaigner for intersectionality, particularly of feminism, race and class.
What are you reading?
I kind of accidentally swore off male authors, or at least, male narratives this year. I only half meant to do it – I’ve just craved literature of women authors writing novels with women leads like you crave your favourite food. I’ve just finished The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke which is a tough but vital read for any Australian. I’ve just started The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing lent to me by a dear friend who feeds me most of the great novels I read – she gave me Emily Maguire’s An Isolated Incident, another great Australian work. I can’t report much about it yet but I expect it to be wonderful and to make me very reflective.
Why did you join the Y?
I only really came to feminism in late high-school, so I really got involved in the feminist movement when I got to university at the ANU. Through the Women’s Collective and another organisation I was a member of, Vocal Majority, I interacted with YWCA Canberra and YWCA Australia and I became a member back then. Since I left university and joined the workforce I got involved with YWCA Canberra out of a desire to continue supporting and furthering women in my community. These days I’m a member of the Membership Committee and I’m excited to have just become involved in the Reconciliation Action Plan Committee.
What’s the change you want to see in the world?
I’d like to see greater value placed on human life. I’d like systemic sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism (and more) addressed systematically rather than superficially. Acknowledging that the economic system and social structures we work within are inherently oppressive. It’s pretty radical to talk about dismantling the system, but I think real change requires people being willing to act radically.