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

    Tasneem Chopra

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

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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 weeks after […]

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  • Khadija Glba

    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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  • Alice Zavslasky

    Alice Zaslavsky

    Alice Zaslavsky is the friendliest voice in Australian food, widely recognised for her modern, accessible approach to cooking and eating. Her first book, Alice’s Food A-Z (2015) is the only cookbook […]

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  • Alice Pung

    Alice Pung

    Alice Pung 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 texts […]

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  • Ally Watson

    Ally Watson

    Ally Watson is the founder and CEO of Code Like a Girl, a social enterprise that provides girls and women with the confidence and tools to take on the world […]

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  • Angela Pippos

    Angela Pippos

    Everything Angela Pippos does she does with passion and flair. Whether in front of the camera, a radio microphone or a live audience, Angela is always entertaining. Angela is an […]

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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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  • Belinda Hawkins

    Belinda Hawkins

    Belinda Hawkins has reported on national and international events for ABC TV and SBS TV for almost 30 years, filing from countries as diverse as Nigeria, Eritrea, Cuba, Germany and […]

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  • Beverley Wang

    Beverley Wang is a broadcaster and journalist based in Melbourne. Her journalism experience ranges from newspaper and wire service reporting to radio producing, presenting and podcasting. She’s also an experienced […]

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  • Bri Lee Sydney-based writer and author Eggshell Skull

    Bri Lee

    Bri Lee is a Sydney-based author, freelance writer, and speaker. After graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Arts (Mandarin) degree in 2014, she […]

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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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  • Claire Madden

    Claire Madden

    Claire Madden is a social researcher, media commentator, keynote presenter, TEDx speaker, business consultant, and founder and director of the strategy and communications agency, Hello Clarity. Claire is in demand […]

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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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  • Clementine Ford

    Clementine Ford

    Clementine Ford is a Melbourne based writer, speaker and feminist thinker. She is the author of two books, Fight Like A Girl and Boys will be Boys, and has been […]

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  • Donna Campisi

    Donna Campisi

    Donna Campisi is an adventurer at heart. After creating her own campaign ‘Run Donna Run’ to inspire and encourage people that ‘there’s no such thing as can’t…’ she is now […]

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  • Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie

    Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie

    “When constant change is the new normal, curiosity becomes our superpower for navigating the future.” Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie helps organisations supercharge their most powerful resource – the humans who work […]

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  • Jamila Rizvi

    Jamila Rizvi

    Jamila Rizvi is an author, presenter and political commentator. She is Editor-at-Large for the Nine Network’s Future Women platform and hosts their podcast of the same name. Jamila is a regular commentator […]

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  • Jane Clifton

    Jane Clifton

    Jane Clifton is a genuine show-business all-rounder. Actress, singer and, more recently, published crime novelist, Jane is often asked if there is anything she can’t do, to which she simply […]

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  • Jane Gilmore

    Jane Gilmore

    Jane Gilmore was the founding editor of The King’s Tribune, which started as a small newsletter in an Elwood wine bar and over seven years, turned into a national magazine […]

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  • Jane Gleeson-White

    Jane Gleeson-White

    Jane Gleeson-White is freelance writer and speaker based in Sydney. She has an honours degree in English literature, a Bachelor of Economics and a PhD in Creative Writing, and is […]

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  • Jill Stark

    Jill Stark

    With a passion for equality, social justice and mental health, Jill Stark is fascinated by the complexity of the human experience and has a unique ability to bring the issues […]

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  • Jirra Lulla Harvey

    Jirra Lulla Harvey

    Koorie woman, adventurer and strategist, Jirra Lulla Harvey provides an optimistic vision for the future of Aboriginal entrepreneurship. She explores the intersection of technology and First Nations knowledge and believes […]

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  • Judy Horacek

    Judy Horacek

    Judy Horacek is an award winning Australian cartoonist, children’s book illustrator and writer, known for her wonderful sense of humour and her strong sense of equality and social justice. Her […]

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  • Dr Leslie Cannold

    Dr Leslie Cannold

    Dr Leslie Cannold is an author, teacher, ethicist and commentator. Her book What, No Baby?, made the Australian Financial Review’s top 101 books list, and her first novel, The Book […]

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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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  • Mariam Veiszadeh

    Mariam Veiszadeh

    Mariam Veiszadeh is a lawyer, diversity & inclusion practitioner, advocate and a social commentator, and in 2016 was named the Fairfax Daily Life Woman of the Year. Proud of her […]

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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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  • 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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  • Michelle Gallaher

    Michelle Gallaher

    Michelle Gallaher is a Melbourne-based award winning entrepreneur, author and advocate for the Australian health technology sector and for women in science, technology, engineering maths and medicine (STEMM). Australia is […]

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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 wrote the play Single Asian Female, which had sold out […]

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  • Nakkiah Lui

    Nakkiah Lui

    Nakkiah Lui is a writer/actor/director and Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman. She began her playwriting career at Sydney Theatre Company under the artistic directorship of Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett, since […]

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  • Nyadol Nyuon Speaking Out

    Nyadol Nyuon

    Nyadol Nyuon is a lawyer, community advocate, writer, and accomplished public speaker. Nyadol Nyuon was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Susan Carland

    Dr Susan Carland

    Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, and she is the director of the Bachelor of […]

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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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  • Sisonke Msimang bio photo for Speaking Out

    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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  • 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 the Executive Director of, Australia’s largest social change platform. Sally worked at the forefront of Australia’s campaign for marriage equality for–let’s face it–far too many years […]

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  • Vanessa Doake

    Vanessa Doake

    Vanessa is the Global Director, People and Culture at Art Processors, a global experiential design consultancy, where she designs and executes the people and workforce strategy. Before joining Art Processors, […]

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  • Zoya Patel

    Zoya Patel

    Zoya Patel is a writer and editor, who has been vocal on issues relating to feminism and multiculturalism since she was a teenager. Zoya is the former editor of Lip Magazine, […]

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