International Women’s Day

8 March

With a vision of creating a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a time to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

We work with some of the brightest and bravest women in business, media, sport and STEM. With stories to share of triumphs, challenges and progress, their words will inspire men and women alike to show their support for gender equality – in the workplace, and everywhere.

More information and resources about International Women’s Day are available here.


  • Tasneem Chopra OAM

    A Cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across organisational leadership, including intersectionality within government, corporate, arts and community sectors. For her efforts she has been appointed […]

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  • Carly Findlay

    Carly Findlay

    Carly Findlay OAM is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Her first book, a memoir called Say Hello, was released in January 2019. Carly edited the anthology Growing Up […]

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  • Khadija Gbla

    Differences in culture and background are simply that – differences. Not better or worse, simply different. Khadija Gbla is a cultural consultant and peer educator with unmatched ability to bridge […]

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  • Akuch Kuol Anyieth

    Akuch Kuol Anyieth

    Akuch Kuol Anyieth is an award-winning author, writer and academic researcher in crime, justice and legal studies. Akuch was born in South Sudan during the civil war and raised in […]

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  • Nicole Lee

    Nicole Lee

    Nicole Lee is a family violence survivor and passionate advocator. After suffering a decade of abuse at the hands of her former husband, Nicole now uses her lived-experience of family […]

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  • Zoya Patel

    Zoya Patel

    Zoya Patel is the award-winning author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism, and Once A Stranger (coming in 2023). She is co-host of the Guardian’s […]

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  • Celeste Liddle

    Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman, an opinion writer, a trade unionist and public speaker. Celeste started her blog Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist in June 2012. A mere six […]

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  • Alice Pung

    Alice Pung OAM

    Alice Pung OAM is an award-winning author, journalist, lawyer and educator from Melbourne. Her non-fiction books Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Growing Up Asian in Australia have been set […]

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  • Bri Lee Speaking Out

    Bri Lee

    Bri Lee is a Sydney-based author, academic, and activist. Her first book, a memoir called Eggshell Skull, was published in June 2018 and won several major awards. It explores sexism […]

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  • Shelley Ware speaker

    Shelley Ware

    Shelley Ware is a proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman from Adelaide, South Australia, who currently lives in Melbourne. For the past decade or so, Shelley has worked in the media […]

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  • Angela Pippos

    Angela Pippos

    Angela Pippos is an award-winning journalist, presenter, documentary-maker and author. Her most recent documentary, THE RECORD, follows Australia’s dramatic Women’s T20 World Cup campaign and the audacious bid to fill […]

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  • Jess Hill

    Jess Hill

    Named marie claire’s 2023 Changemaker of the Year, Jess Hill is a journalist, author and educator who has achieved global renown for her groundbreaking work on gendered violence. Her journalism […]

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  • Beverley Wang

    Beverley Wang is a popular MC, speaker and moderator who has interviewed cultural heavyweights and hosted events at festivals, conferences and gatherings across Australia. In 2024, Beverley was named the […]

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  • mariam V

    Mariam Veiszadeh

    Mariam Veiszadeh is an award-winning human rights advocate, lawyer, diversity and inclusion practitioner, contributing author and media commentator. In 2021, Mariam was appointed CEO of Media Diversity Australia. She has […]

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  • Brook McCarthy

    Brook McCarthy

    Brook McCarthy is a digital marketing trainer and business coach with 15 years’ experience in digital communications. Having worked in small business her entire life, and with her father running […]

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  • Mariam Issa

    Mariam Issa

    Speaker, author, storyteller, community builder. At age 30, Mariam Issa moved to a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, from her Somali homeland with her husband, four children and a fifth on […]

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    Sisonke Msimang

    Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A memoir of Exile and Home (Text, 2018). She is a South African writer, living in Perth, whose work focuses on […]

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  • claire madden

    Claire Madden

    Claire Madden is a leading voice internationally on Generation Z. As an author, social researcher, keynote speaker, and media commentator, Claire is in high demand as an expert in interpreting […]

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  • Clare Bowditch speaker book

    Clare Bowditch

    Clare Bowditch is a best-selling ARIA Award winning musician (Best Female), Logie Nominated actor (for TV Show Offspring), Best-Selling Author (for her recently released memoir Your Own Kind Of Girl), […]

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  • Jacinta Parsons

    Jacinta Parsons

    Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, radio maker, writer and public speaker who currently co-hosts the Afternoon program on ABC Local Radio Melbourne. She began her radio-life at community radio station […]

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  • Jane Gilmore

    Jane Gilmore

    Jane Gilmore is an author, journalist, feminist, and consent educator. She has been researching and writing about the causes and effects of violence and poverty for over a decade and […]

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  • Yumi Stynes

    Yumi Stynes

    Yumi Stynes is a broadcaster and author. She has been working in Australian media for more than two decades, first as a music reporter, arts reporter and pop culture interviewer […]

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    Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert

    Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert is the author of the remarkable memoir The Uncaged Sky, which details the 804 days she spent as a political prisoner in Iran. An expert in Middle […]

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  • Mary Delahunty

    Hon Mary Delahunty GAICD

    Mary Delahunty has a strong and respected voice in public affairs, media and the women’s movement. An accomplished speaker her storied career success has been built on the mantra: You […]

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  • Michelle Law

    Michelle Law

    Michelle Law is a writer and actor based in Sydney, Australia. She writes for print, film and television, and theatre. She is best known for the play Single Asian Female, […]

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  • Maxine McKew

    Maxine McKew has a background in journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of prestigious programmes such as Lateline […]

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  • Rabia Siddique

    Rabia Siddique

    Rabia Siddique is an international humanitarian lawyer, retired British Army senior officer, former war crimes and terrorism prosecutor and hostage survivor. She has undertaken humanitarian aid work in Asia, South […]

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  • Phoebe Hart

    Dr Phoebe Hart

    Dr Phoebe Hart has a passion for social justice, education and the environment, and is a writer, director and producer of documentaries, factual content and children’s television and an intersex […]

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  • Randa Abdel-Fattah

    Dr. Randa Abdel-Fattah

    Dr. Randa Abdel-Fattah is a prominent Australian author, academic, human rights advocate, former lawyer and mother of four children. She has been nominated for Sweden’s 2019 Astrid Lindgren Award, the […]

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  • Jennifer Wong

    Jennifer Wong

    Jennifer Wong is a Chinese Australian writer, comedian, and MC based in Sydney. As a food enthusiast with a love of wordplay, she’s the presenter of Chopsticks or Fork?, a […]

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  • Ruth Clare

    Ruth Clare

    Ruth Clare is a Melbourne-based author and speaker. Her memoir Enemy: A Daughter’s Story of How Her Father Brought the Vietnam War Home is about growing up with a violent […]

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  • Sally Morris

    Sally Morris

    Sally Morris is on a mission to prevent suicide and improve the mental health of LGBTIQ people and communities. With an academic and professional background in human services, Sally has […]

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  • Sally Warhaft

    Sally Warhaft

    Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate, now in its fifth year. She is a […]

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  • Samantha Gash

    Samantha Gash

    Authentic. Personable. Empowering. Marathon runner Samantha Gash’s heartfelt story brings people on a journey of transformation, humanity and incredible will power. Samantha took the ultimate challenge and entered the 4 […]

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  • Tanya Ha

    Tanya Ha

    Tanya Ha is an award-winning environmentalist, best-selling author, broadcaster, science journalist and sustainable living advocate. More hip than hippie, she makes sustainability and science easier to understand and is best […]

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  • Tammy Van Wisse

    Tammy van Wisse

    Tammy van Wisse is sheer inspiration. She has swum one-and-a-half times around the planet, setting six world records – five of which are still current. ‘There are no boundaries,’ says […]

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  • Tracey Spicer

    Tracey Spicer

    Tracey Spicer AM BBus(Comm) GAICD is a multiple Walkley Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News. […]

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  • Sally Rugg

    Sally Rugg

    Sally Rugg is National Director at Australians for a Murdoch Royal Commission and was previously executive Director of, Australia’s largest social change platform. Sally worked at the forefront of Australia’s […]

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  • Vanessa Doake

    Vanessa Doake

    Vanessa is the Chief People Officer at a global experiential design consultancy, where she designs and executes the people and workforce strategy. Before joining Art Processors, Vanessa co-founded Code Like […]

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  • Dr Anika Molesworth

    Dr Anika Molesworth

    Dr Anika Molesworth is a thought-leader of food systems resilience, climate change, a researcher in international agricultural development and a sought-after keynote speaker.

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  • Sarah Wilson

    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah Wilson is a multi-New York Times and Amazon best-selling author, podcaster, international keynote speaker, philanthropist and climate change advisor. Sarah is known globally for founding the I Quit Sugar movement […]

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  • Lauren Burns

    Lauren Burns

    Dr Lauren Burns is an aeronautical engineer, advocate and writer. She is a published author, has a PhD in aerospace engineering, holds a pilot’s licence, and is lead author on […]

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  • Karen Iles

    Karen Iles

    Karen Iles is a lawyer, accredited mediator, consultant, board director, sexual assault survivor and Dharug Aboriginal woman. Founder and Principal Solicitor of Violet Co Legal & Consulting, a social enterprise […]

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  • Jade Miles

    Jade Miles

    “Every decision we make has an impact – on other humans, creatures and ecosystems. How do you make your decisions and will their impact be degenerative, sustainable or regenerative? With […]

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  • Isabelle Oderberg

    Isabelle Oderberg was born in Melbourne but moved to Hong Kong soon after, spending her formative years there with her family. She came back to Melbourne, finished high school and […]

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  • Donna Campisi

    Donna Campisi

    Donna Campisi embodies the spirit of adventure and resilience. From spearheading a successful fundraising campaign with the mantra ‘there’s no such thing as can’t,’ Donna has evolved into a dynamic […]

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  • Lisa Leong

    Lisa Leong

    “Smart and funny and short – the triple threat!” – Jacinta Parsons, ABC Radio Melbourne, Afternoon Show. Lisa Leong is a broadcaster, author and facilitator. Her superpowers are curiosity, creativity […]

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  • Katrina Marson

    Katrina Marson is a criminal lawyer, author and advocate. She is an expert in relationships and sexuality education as a means of protecting against sexual violence and safeguarding sexual wellbeing, […]

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  • Elizabeth Kulas

    Elizabeth Kulas is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, journalist and podcast host. Her particular passion and skill is narrative storytelling in all its forms. Elizabeth is the founding host of ABC […]

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