The Biscuit Tin

#TheBiscuitTin

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The Biscuit Tin is a campaign calling out the ageist/sexist representations of older women in popular culture, because these representations are drivers of the oppression, gender inequalities, family violence and elder abuse that older women experience.

The Biscuit Tin is part of the #OlderWomenCount campaign, an initiative of Celebrate Ageing Ltd,  Older Women’s Network NSW and Suzanne Phoenix.

Thank you to our partners Elder Rights Advocacy (principal partner) and the City of Whitehorse.

Online seminar:
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Citizen Researchers

Citizen Research is a way of engaging service providers and community members in reflection on representations of older women in popular culture. We are piloting this process in Feb-March 2024 and it is very powerful – more information coming soon.

Portraits

In March we will be working with our partners to photograph older women with the biscuit tin from their pantry – and sharing these images with a message about ALL their achievements. More coming soon….

Recipes for respect

Portraits of older women and their insights into how respect for older women is shown.

Beverly with Biscuit Tins

Beverly

Biscuit tin
A three layer tin for cakes, biscuits and pastries, passed to me by my mother so it’s very special. It was most likely a wedding gift. It sat on my kitchen bench forever, but baked goods were never stored in it as they were always cooked for a purpose, to share straight away with others.

Recipe
My recipe is bread and butter muffins, baked once a year for my swimming group. I adapted it from bread and butter pudding. Nothing like one of these muffins after a bracing swim!

I also made a feather light fluff sponge, a recipe I learned from my mother when I was 8 and had to beat the egg whites by hand! I still make it for people who remember my mother.

Respect 

For me respect should not be constantly demanded. You don’t see men demanding respect. But women, no matter their background or experiences, seem to have to demand respect. Gendered demeaning insults like ‘he’s such an old woman’, ‘put on your big girl’s blouse’ show this lack of respect.
 
Younger Generations
I swim with some amazing young women. But I have to mention the elephant in the room … as a young woman, so many doors were closed to us. Now they are open because women like me kicked the doors in. I worry about doors being closed again and the terrible ramifications of women being devalued. 
 
International Women’s Day 
IWD should be a day to celebrate women’s achievements but it is still a protest, because even after 70 years we are not there yet, and 70 years is a hell of a long time to fight. 
We want to support the current generation, working and bringing up children. But some are deciding it’s just too hard. 
Lucy with a Biscuit Tin

Lucy

Recipe: My biscuit recipe is oatmeal and raisin, I have been making these since I was six years old.

Respect
Respect for me is about being heard and appreciated for the wisdom you have acquired.

Younger generations
My father taught me that as you age, make younger friends to keep you in touch with what’s happening, and to maintain those friendships as those women of your age pass away.

International Women’s Day
For me it’s all about celebrating feminism. With my older friends, we always do something together – a march, a play – it’s a day for celebration.

Tiang with a Biscuit Tin

Tiang

Biscuit tin
It’s a little unusual, it’s a tin for vegetarian yam cookies.

Recipe
I used to do a lot of baking but these days I cook healthier and cater for my gluten free grand daughter. I make steamed rice cakes for her.

Respect
As an older woman you go to places where you feel invisible. You should never be seen as superfluous, or useless. We have so much to contribute, we can be wise, perhaps not always, and we can be fun. Accept me for who I am – my quirkiness, my failings – it’s all part of me.

Younger Generations
Instead of paying attention to your screens, connect with your grandparents. A five minute phone call, ask about their lives, their childhoods. Life is so different today, there is so much to learn from our stories. I ask younger people to think about being tolerant, don’t be egocentric, think about others.

International Women’s Day
Coming from a Chinese background, the Chinese grandmother was in a position of power and an arbiter of fairness due to her wisdom. I remember our grandmother saying: father is heaven, mother is earth. We are earthy and we care. We should celebrate what women have to offer. We should have to make demands, it should be evident. The day must come when we don’t have to demand. In short, I have worth, I count, I am important, I contribute.

 

Campaign Partners

The Biscuit Tin is part of the #OlderWomenCount campaign, an initiative of Celebrate Ageing Ltd,  Older Women’s Network NSW and Suzanne Phoenix.

Thank you to our partners Elder Rights Advocacy (principal partner) and the City of Whitehorse.

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