Can smart wives end the wife drought? – presented by Monash Tech Talks

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Event Details

4 Nov 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online – via Zoom Webinars


Photo credit: Wildwood Photography

Who needs a wife?

Dinner to cook. Homework to supervise. Laundry to wash. Dishes to clean. Floors to vacuum. Bedtime stories to tell.

Competing work-family commitments have led to what Annabel Crabb calls ‘The Wife Drought’. A need for someone, or something, to alleviate domestic pressures as professionals balance their careers with home.

The solution? Smart wives like Siri, Alexa and other pleasant, helpful and perpetually available smart home assistants who can tick off household tasks – with enough energy left to ask about your day.

Checking off to-do lists while getting more free time. Everyone wins… or do they?

Why attend this Tech Talk?

In this webinar hosted by Annabel Crabb, Associate Professor Yolande Strengers and Dr Jenny Kennedy will expand on their new book ‘The Smart Wife’ by delving into:

  • why the wife drought isn’t going away, and how smart wives could be the solution
  • why smart wives are feminised and how they perpetuate gender stereotypes in society
  • whether we should trust the expanding numbers of smart wives entering our lives
  • how a ‘rebooted’ smart wife could promote a revaluing and queering of wife work.

Register now

Webinar details

When Wednesday 4 November 2020
Webinar: Starts 5:00pm
Where Online – via Zoom Webinars

Meet the host and speakers

Annabel Crabb
Writer and presenter, ABC

Annabel is one of Australia's most beloved journalists. She has covered Australian politics for 20 years and is known widely for her insightful and humorous analysis on gender and current affairs.

Over her career in journalism Annabel has worked as a political correspondent for The Advertiser, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, as Europe correspondent for Fairfax’s Sunday titles. She has also written a popular syndicated newspaper column on politics and social affairs.

Among many achievements, Annabel has received two Logie nominations, authored the best-selling ‘The Wife Drought’ and written and presented six seasons of the ABC’s enormously popular Kitchen Cabinet, as well as the groundbreaking documentary series ‘The House, With Annabel Crabb’.

Associate Professor Yolande Strengers
Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of IT
Associate Professor, Emerging Technologies Research Lab

Yolande is a digital sociologist and human-computer interaction scholar investigating the sustainability and gender effects of smart technologies. She works with qualitative and digital ethnographic methods to understand how people are incorporating new devices and technologies into their everyday lives.

Yolande’s research is applied in focus, and focused on informing visions, designs, platforms and policies for emerging technologies in the energy and smart home sectors. She is also author of ‘Smart energy technologies in everyday life’ and an Associate Investigator in the Automated Decision-Making and Society Center of Excellence.

Dr Jenny Kennedy
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, RMIT
Digital ethnography Research Centre

Jenny is a postdoctoral research fellow in Media and Communication. Her current projects focus on digital inclusion of low-income social groups and the gendering of smart devices, voice assistants, AI and automation in home environments.

Jenny holds an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) fellowship and is an Associate Investigator in the Automated Decision-Making and Society Center of Excellence. She is also author of ‘Digital Domesticity: Media, Materialities and Home Life’.

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Event Contact

Penny O’Sullivan