Dr Maggie Kirkman is a psychologist and a Senior Research Fellow in Global and Women’s Health at Monash University. She taught kindergarten children, children with hearing impairments and children with profound disabilities before attending university in her thirties – after which she lectured at her old teachers’ college and tutored at the University of Melbourne. She gained a PhD at fifty and worked at La Trobe and Melbourne universities before moving to Monash in 2011. Her research includes women’s experiences of infertility, abortion, donor-assisted conception, breast cancer and ageing. Maggie is the author of My Sister’s Child (with Linda Kirkman, Penguin) and the editor of Sperm Wars (with Heather Grace Jones, ABC Books). She has been featured in the Australian media, including on ABC Radio and in The Conversation. In 2019, Maggie was recognised as an inaugural Champion for Women by Women’s Health Victoria.