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Dear Caitlin, Today is a day we celebrate you. The world is a better place because you exist. Many women are quite humble when it comes to discussing their accomplishments and sometimes I get the feeling that you’re not even aware of how much of pillar to the evolution of […]

Dear Caitlin, Today is a day we celebrate you.

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I am looking for a small group of people who have some free time and a passion for celebrating the successes of women I am looking for volunteers to assist me with The Women Who. I have recently taken up life on the road and my internet and computer hours […]


Loani Arman is funny and fertile. In 2014, she became Sydney Fringe Comedy’s first pregnant comedian with her sold out show, Ultra-un-sound. She’s won Best Actress at Tropfest New York, appeared in ABC’s Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife Fighting and was a writer/ performer on the all female sketch show, […]

Loani Arman

Caroline Gleich is an outdoors wonder-woman. From big mountain skiing to yoga, paddle boarding, snowboarding, ice hockey and adventure modeling, Caroline does it all. From the powdery autumn slopes, Caroline talked with The Women Who about how she became a professional skier and how she balances her action-packed, mulch-faceted life. […]

Caroline Gleich

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Helen Papadomanolakis is a young woman with a killer handshake. Working in major and community event production she has set her own place in this male-dominated industry at only 25 years of age. I am in awe of the way this young woman conducts herself and having had the pleasure […]

Helen Papadomanolakis

Evelyn Morris
Evelyn Morris, also known as Pikelet, is a music maker, movement starter and passionate advocate for women in music and ensuring the women’s stories and voices are heard. As well as a much-loved performer in her own right, Evelyn has started Listen, a collective which is gathering and documenting the […]

Evelyn Morris

Marian Machismo
Marian Machismo is a Melbourne-based artist and screenprinter who has captured the heart and essence of our collective youth, 90s pop songs and the beautiful struggles we all face as we try to make our own paths in this world. Her art is a reflection of both herself and of […]

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Anne Day
Anne Day’s career focus has always been women and children, as she has moved from leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, to government and communications work and finally to opening her own consulting practice. It was while running her own consultancy that Anne started Company of Women as a way […]

Anne Day

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Dallas is an Australian-born, New York based Kid Coach, Youth Facilitator and Nanny. Dallas is one of those naturally radiant people who genuinely find the joy in everyday. She has started Skilled With Kids to assist everyone in having a better and closer relationship with the young people in their lives, […]


Clarita Farrugia is the woman behind Tom Boi, a new Australian clothing line that which makes briefs and shorts for women and bois. The brand launched late in 2014 and has had great successes so far, with women who are were as fed up as Clarita with the quality and […]

Clarita Farrugia

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Emma Lovell started her communications business, Lovelly Communications, in 2009 and now has an impressive collections of clients which includes the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Eureka 89 Events & Dining, The Fundraising People and REDgum Communications, as well as assisting charities such as Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and Disabled Wintersports Australia with their digital communications pro […]

Emma Lovell

Kelly Hoey
Kelly Hoey co-founded Women Innovate Mobile after leaving the legal world where she was a corporate attorney. Today Kelly is a sought after strategist, speaker, startup advisor and board member. Whether or not you’re interested in, or even understand the tech world that is growing around us, Kelly’s words on […]

Kelly Hoey

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Jess Ball is coach and communications specialist who uses her background in PR and talent management, as well as her training as a Master Practitioner of Coaching to help people through the darker moments of life, and assist them in finding their true calling. Jess has a holistic view of coaching […]

Jess Ball

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Bridgette Elder is an electrician who turned her trade into her own business. She is now the manger of Bri’Lectrics in Melbourne, Australia. She and her team and turning the tide on tradie culture and Bridgette herself is a great role model for young women who prefer to tinker with […]

Bridgette Elder

Julia Chiera
Julia Chiera is the President of the Darebin Womens Sports Club, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. This is a huge achievement for a club that primarily represents and encourages women to participate in male-dominated sports, such as Australian football, soccer and cricket. Julia started playing AFL in […]

Julia Chiera

Lauren Bath
 Lauren Bath is a professional photographer and social media influencer. Lauren was an early adopter of Instagram, with over 200,000+ followers in 2013 she saw the app’s potential and quit her job to become Australia’s first professional Instagrammer.     In your wildest dreams, would you ever imagine that you […]

Lauren Bath

Michele Titolo
Michele Titolo is the CTO and a Board Member of Women Who Code, as well as the iOS Engineer at Reddit. Michele has a great story about how her curiosity for technology lead to a passion and a career. I personally really enjoyed learning about Michele’s pathway and are sure […]

Michele Titolo

Simone Flanagan
Simone Flanagan is the Director of the Melbourne chapter of Hollaback!, a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. She was also founding member of Music in the Sticks, a government funded Freeza youth group facilitating drug and alcohol free music events […]

Simone Flanagan

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Jane Samuels is a UK artist and activist who has leveraged the accessibility and popularity of Instagram to promote her art globally. She has over 5,000 followers on Instagram and has been published in “The Instagram Book” and has been interviewed by publications such as Al Jezeera. Jane gave us […]

Jane Samuels

Tal Peleg is a visual artist who has used her steady hand and love of all all things art, makeup, photography and design to take social media by storm. Tal has over 99,800 Instagram followers and over 100,000 likes on facebook. So why do all these people want to see […]

Tal Peleg

Cr Cathy Oke was first elected on to Melbourne City Council in 2008 and is the Chair of the Future Melbourne (Transport) Committee, Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Environment) Committee and represents Council on the Regional committee of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. She has a passion for […]

Cathy Oke

Toby runs Melbourne Street Art Agency Just Another, which also had a gallery entitled, Just Another Project Space. Toby is one busy woman, generally emailing and talking on the phone, whilst simultaneously painting walls in the project space and boosting the profile of street art in Melbourne through talks, projects […]


Nora Dunn
In 2006, Nora Dunn sold everything she owned in Canada (including a busy financial planning practice) to embrace her dreams of traveling the world full-time. Since then she has lived in and traveled through over 50 countries, and she makes ends meet as a freelance writer and blogger. Sounds like […]

Nora Dunn

Yoko Inoue
Yoko Inoue is the owner of Shoku Iku, a cafe in Melbourne, Australia which specialises in organic raw food and living cuisine. Yoko lives the wellness journey everyday and believes that the experiences we have and behaviour we exhibit have physical repercussions for us all. We asked Yoko about her […]

Yoko Inoue

Nina Simosko
Nina Simosko was responsible for leading the creation and execution of Nike Inc. Technology strategy and operations world-wide. With over twenty years of sales and operations management experience, Nina has a deep understanding of the global high-tech industry. Her impressive resume also boats roles with SAP, Oracle Corporation, Siebel Systems […]

Nina Simosko

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Karrie Keyes is a woman who knows rock ‘n’ roll. She is the monitor engineer for
 Pearl Jam, a gig she has held for over 20 years after starting out doing sound for punk 
bands in Los Angeles in 1986. She was mentored by Dave Rat of Rat Sound and worked […]

Karrie Keyes

Emily Toxward
Emily Toxward describes herself as a word stylist, freelance writer, nosey journalist, and nagging wife who doesn’t worry about the ‘what ifs’. She is mother to three and runs Have A Laugh On Me, a blog about the frustrations and funnies of being a mum and woman, as well as […]

Emily Toxward

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Sarah Walker is a Melbourne-based photographer specialising in theatre production and promotional photography. Sarah is a finalist for the 2015 National Photographic Portrait Prize and took time out from her extremely busy schedule to chat about working as a photographer in the arts, her experiences both behind the camera and onstage […]

Sarah Walker

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Belle Brockhoff started skiing at the age of three then picked up snowboarding at the age of ten. Three weeks later she won her first snowboard Interschool nationals and hasn’t looked back since. We asked this trickster what it was like to be at the Sochi Olympics and her role […]

Belle Brockhoff

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Anne Aly is the Founding Chair of PAVE – People against Violent Extremism and a board member of the Council for Australian Arab Relations (Dept Foreign Affairs & Trade).  She speaks with us about her motivations, projects and about the importance of social research, particularity as an influence upon Government […]

Anne Aly

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Tessa Waters is an award-winning comedian with over ten years experience with both writing and performing comedy. Since 2009 Tessa has been touring her acclaimed physical comedies ‘How to be a lady’, Sexytime! and Standing up/Falling down and most recently WOMANz around Australia to the major fringe festivals. As well as performing, […]

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Michelle Rohr
Michelle Rohr started Secret OWL Society after realizing that she had just lived the same year twice, and it was a mediocre year. Michelle set out to change her own life, but ended up inspiring and offering practical assistance to others who wanted to change theirs via her site, Secret […]

Michelle Rohr

Madison Thomas
Madison Thomas is the Features Editor at The Dwarf, an Australian online music mag, as well as a blogger in her own right at rubybluemonday.blogspot.com.au. Madison’s recent encounter with Red Foo’s legal team lead her to becoming a personal hero of mine, as well as thousand of others who were […]

Madison Thomas

Tahlia Mynott and her partner Scott started Made With Raw Love, a delicious startup, as well as Raw Raisers, the fundraising arm of the project. Made With Raw Love are organic, medicinal chocolates, handcrafted in Melbourne with LOVE. Tahlia’s story is below. You and your partner Scott started Made With […]

Tahlia Mynott

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Izzy Roberts-Orr and Sarah Walker run a blog called ‘Throwdown – this is not a showdown’, where they are writing something, anything, every day in 2014. Throwdown is online at throwdownwords.com.   How did the idea for throwdown come about? We were at a party at the end of the […]

Izzy Roberts-Orr and Sarah Walker

Natasia Malaihollo is a two-time startup founder. This ex-model and former patent specialist originally studied BioChem before focusing on a career in law. Natasia speaks boldly about her experiences as an entrepreneur, the pressures she faced and the support networks that helped her achieve her dreams. What is your background, […]

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Philippa (Pippa) Biddle is a 22-year-old writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of three websites, is a Youth Representative to the UN for the Jane Goodall Institute, is on the Editorial Board of The FBomb, and is on the board of Onwards, a non-profit that alleviates poverty through […]

Pippa Biddle

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Robelen Bajar is the founder and publisher of woman.com.au. A marketing strategist and lifestyle blogger, social media butterfly, lover of sky high stilettos, ballroom Latin dancer and coconut farmer. After her parents were caught in the typhoon Haiyan in Samar, Philippines, she took a chance on humanity and it paid […]

Robelen Bajar

Dana Zemack is an incredible stick figure artist, witty and sassy! There is no particular theme, except that they represent various things she encounters and sometimes things other people tell her that they’ve experienced or think about. Her work has appeared in Jezebel and Buzzfeed, as well as on Wired, Lifehacker, Pando Daily, […]

Dana Zemack

Bethany Hoppe
Bethany A. Hoppe is the author of “Raspberry Vogue,” a wheelchair diva’s lifestyle blog.  She is a public speaker, voice-over artist, film-television script-writer, play-write, and wheelchair dancer.  She has appeared in music videos, several independent films, and has won awards for her writing, documentary production, acting, dancing, modeling, and community service. […]

Bethany A. Hoppe

Gabrielle Savrone
Gabrielle Savrone is a resident artist at Windsor Studios In Melbourne and the owner and operator of The Owl and the Pussycat Theatre and Gallery in Richmond VIC. As a little girl Gabrielle would paint anything she could get her hands on, from old pictures discarded to the backs of […]

Gabrielle Savrone

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May King and Monika, both successful business women in their own right already, have joined forces to launch Podpora. Podpora is a support network and groups for entrepreneurs and business owners. Their purpose is to create a global family where no entrepreneur ever feels alone while growing their business.     […]

May King and Monika

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Meet Ash and Em, two women who started something fresh, helpful and life-changing. After years of trying different elimination and lifestyle diets however still feeling that their bodies were acting against them, both girls found out they are intolerant to gluten, dairy, soy and corn (that last one is a […]

Ash and Em

Jess Jones was sick of attending events where guests seemed to be competing for a prize for who was the busiest. She saw the need to create a comfortable, open environment for female entrepreneurs on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. She created Soar Collective, an organisation that runs events allowing the […]

Jess Jones

Shauna Jensen
Shauna Jensen is one of Australia’s premier female vocalists. She has been a mainstay on the Sydney music scene for almost 4 decades, having worked alongside mainstream rock acts, singing commercial jingles for TV, radio and cinema, countless TV appearances and many many live shows. Shauna has recorded singles with […]

Shauna Jensen

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After a very successful 25 year professional corporate career in science & engineering, Karen Scoggins founded My Perfect Pet, a company that puts your pet’s health above profit margins. What was the inspiration behind starting My Perfect Pet? My Perfect Pet did not start with a business plan and an […]

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Lillian Grace is the Founder and CEO of Wiki New Zealand, a collaborative website making it fun and easy for everyone to use data about New Zealand. Her life has led her in different directions and she has followed it and invited the change. She tells us about career changes, […]

Lillian Grace

Kat O’Sullivan is an artist, globe trotter and general free spirit. She has built the craziest house you have ever laid eyes on, danced the tango with Alice Cooper, creates psychedelic sweaters and coats and drives a converted school bus. My life has not been terribly ordinary, and I guess […]

Kat O’Sullivan

Lauren Anderson is the Innovation Director for Collaborative Lab, which works with organisations to deliver socially game-changing and profitable solutions in the Collaborative Consumption space (read on to learn more about collaborative consumption). Lauren is a renowned expert on this new economic model for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporations and government […]

Lauren Anderson

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I’m Shelly Baer and I work as a clinical social worker in Miami at University of Miami School of Medicine. I wear many hats at my day job, but the main thing I do is manage leadership programs/curriculums for professionals who want to make a difference in the disability community. […]

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In her 20 year uncareer, Cas McCullough has done it all – corporate marketing and communication executive, freelancer, singer/songwriter, political activist, craftisan, birth doula, mother, Zumba instructor and social entrepreneur. After a near death experience, in 2010 Cas founded her first startup. She now runs a successful content marketing agency, a […]

Cas McCullough

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Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato is a sounds engineer to the stars, and founder of SoungGirls.org. She took the time out of her busy schedule to chat to us about life on the road, behind the soundbooth and her journey. How did you first find you were interested in becoming a sound […]

Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato

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Rosie and Lucy Thomas launched PROJECT ROCKIT in 2006, an in-school program that builds youth leadership, citizenship and resilience by tackling the issue of bullying. PROJECT ROCKIT has now worked with over 80,000 school students and presented at major Australian conferences such as the National Centre Against Bullying Conference. Project Rockit […]

Rosie and Lucy Thomas

Eleanor Howlett
Eleanor Howlett, the director and founder of Sassy Red PR, has worked in the arts industry for over 15 years. She is dedicated to delivering media-savvy campaigns, based on superior industry knowledge, with a passion for working with independent artists, organisations and companies.   How did Sassy Red PR come […]

Eleanor Howlett

Gwen O’Toole is the co-owner of creative services company, The Ideas Library. Former and founding Editor of Australian events publication Spice Magazine. How you come up with the plan to open The Ideas Library? About two years ago, my now partner and I were having drinks (as all good ideas […]

Gwen O’Toole

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Christina Butcher is one half of Romance Media, a digital publishing company and social media consultancy. Romance Media is divided into three parts – Hair Romance, Nail Romance, and Mr and Mrs Romance, with a combined readership of 200,000 + visitors a month.   Romance Media seems to continue to […]

Christina Butcher

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Wendy Crawford is the project coordinator/co-chairperson of Raw Beauty Project NYC with Susan Solman. Wendy is also the founder and editor of mobilewomen.org. When an accident left Wendy, previously a fashion model, paralyzed at the age of 19, she put the wheels in motion to change the perception of beauty […]

Wendy Crawford

Emily LInden
Emily Lindin is the founder of The Unslut Project which promotes gender equality, sex positivity, and comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education for all ages. You started the UnSlut Project after a personal experience with sexual bullying when you were young. What was the catalyst for you taking your voice and story […]

Emily Lindin

Kate Stewart
Kate Stewart is the Managing Director of Bright Young Things, a catering company that opened in 2009. Bright Young Things has organised over 2,500 events and employs over 150 people. Why the name Bright Young Things? The launch of the company 
coincided with Kate’s 25th birthday, impressive! How did the […]

Kate Stewart

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Andrea (Andy) Gonzales and Sophie Houser, two NYC high school students, are the brains behind Tampon Run, after crating the project at a Girls Who Code camp. You’re both so young at 16 and 17 years old, how did you learn about the Girls Who Code camp? How did the […]

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Tui Lyon is the captain of the Victoria Roller Derby League All Stars and will be on the team that represents Australia at the Roller Derby World Cup. Her moto: Hit hard, train harder. How did you first get involved with the Roller Derby? I found out about Roller Derby […]

Tui Lyon

Megan Luscombe is a life coach and founder of Starting Today Coaching, specialising in relationships and wellness. She assist her clients in making positive transformations in their relationships and personal lives. You have studied Sociology and Psychology at a University level, what is the primary difference between this and life coaching? Psychology […]

Megan Luscombe

Naghmeh Kiumarsi is one of the leading designers of women’s fashion wear in Iran. She compounds elements of traditional and modern to create her avant-garde creations. How everything started for you in the field of fashion and design? Everything started very early, when I was a little girl. In my […]

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DJ Du Jour burst onto the Sydney music scene in 2011 after winning the illustrious annual Mardi Gras DJ Competition. Now a pillar in the Sydney scene Du Jour also regularly spins in Brisbane and Melbourne. What was it that first inspired you to become a DJ? Music and movement […]

DJ Du Jour

Gabriela Gonzalez is one fifth of the team who created Cooking the Continent. After discovering her passion for food working in kitchens in Melbourne, Australia, Gabi set off to travel her home continent of South America to share local stories of food, passion and life. También puede leer la historia […]

Gabriela Gonzalez

Gabriela Gonzalez es una de los 5 integrantes del equipo creador de “Cocinando Sudámerica”. Fotógrafa de profesión y viajera de corazón, Gaby descubrió su pasión por la comida trabajando en distintos restaurantes  en Melbourne, Australia. Ahí fue cuando decidió volver a casa para viajar por Sudamérica y así descubrir y […]

Gabriela Gonzalez

Andie Noonan
Andie Noonan is an online journalist and producer at the ABC. She was the editor of the Star Observer, before taking a year out of regular life to spend in Mongolia to work in media development. How does a Melbourne-based woman end up living and working in Mongolia?  I was mindlessly trawling […]

Andie Noonan

Rita Gomes
Meet Wasted Rita, a very talented illustrator, graphic designer, art director and creative writer who describes herself as ‘just a passionate kid doing what she thinks she should.’ How did you fist find you had a passion for graphic design and illustrating? I used to draw alone in a corner […]

Rita Gomes (aka Wasted Rita)

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Tracey Spicer is a journalist who currently works as a Sky News anchor, 2ue broadcaster, News Ltd columnist and blogger, Tracey won our hearts with her TEDx talk: A Lady Stripped Bare. Tracey is also an ambassador for World Vision, ActionAid, WWF, the Royal Hospital for Women’s Newborn Care Centre […]

Tracey Spicer

Kasia Gaspos
Kasia Gospos is the founder of Leaders in Heels, a leading Australian online magazine for professional women and has been named one of Australia’s most inspirational women online by Open Colleges. Every month, diverse and distinguished women who are making their mark in their industries are interviewed and profiled on […]

Kasia Gospos

Victoria Clancy works with UNICEF to ensure disadvantaged children in some of the world’s harshest of environments are protected and respected. You work for UNICEF as a Child Protection Specialist. This is an unusual job, what was the path that lead you to this role? When I first enrolled in […]

Victoria Clancy

Ginni Saraswati is the creative and media powerhouse that you’ve heard on your airwaves, seen on your TV screens and around many a festival and event around Australia. You can catch Ginni on JOY 94.9 FM’s Wednesday Breakfast Show – Rise Up with co-host Adam Samuel and her regular segment […]

Ginni Saraswati

Caitlin Stower is a 20-year-old writer who loves celebrity culture and is already published online thanks to her position as assistant to the Editor-in-Chief at Mamamia You’re working for one of the loudest voices for women in the Australian media today, how does that feel and how did you score […]

Caitlin Stower

Holly Green
Holly Green started Norabloom Botanicals & Beauty Lounge, an Ithaca (New York State) based holistic beauty treatment centre and line of paraben free and petroleum free skincare products. Holly has just undertaken a fabulous re-brand entire Norabloom Botanicals skin care line, she tells us a little about this process as well as […]

Holly Green

Madeleine Gasparinatos works freelance across event production, social media and project management. Working freelance allows her a flexibility that is not accessible in the 9-5 world.          #freelancefridays I know a lot of women who would like to freelance, the freedom is enticing however the risk of not having a steady […]

Madeleine Gasparinatos

Rafa McNulty is the founder and administrator of facebook page ‘Australian Muslim Faces’ which launched last month and is already gaining a huge following. What moved you to create the Facebook page ‘Australian Muslim Faces’? I was tired of seeing and hearing Muslims being spoken for and spoken about, like […]

Rafa McNulty

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Monique Mitchell is a published poet who is working on her first novel. She tells us about writing as a creative outlet for her thoughts and to find meaning in her world. You have had your poetry published and are currently writing your first novel. What motivates you to write? […]

Monique Mitchell

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Jamila Rizvi is the Editor-in-Chief of Mamamia. She worked in Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s media unit before moving onto being one of the youngest Chief’s of Staff to a Federal Minister. People know you for speaking your mind via Mamamia, however you got there through an unusual channel. How did […]

Jamila Rizvi

Monique Schafter is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. She hosted ABC TV’s comedy/current affairs show Hungry Beast and now disrupts the “serious” reporting at 7.30. You have worked across TV and print media with Hungry Beast, Star Observer and ABC’s 7.30 report, what have been the greatest challenges […]

Monique Schafter

Last week was bisexual awareness week. Rebecca Dominguez is the president of the Bisexual Alliance Victoria, a volunteer role that sees her working to improve awareness, recognition and support for bisexuals. You’re the president of Bisexual Alliance, Victoria, Australia. How important to you is it that bisexuals get the same recognitions […]

Rebecca Dominguez

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Leanne Yong is the Managing Editor of women’s business website Leaders in Heels – leadersinheels.com – rated #1 Top Site for Women Entrepreneurs to Love [2013, She Owns It] You’re the managing editor of Leaders in Heels, how did you end up working for an award winning women’s business website? I […]

Leanne Yong

Amanda Filipczuk is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Tusaidiane. After 2 years of working domestically, she decided to take her social justice concerns to the international level. You’re the Co-Founder and managing director of Tusaidiane, tell us about the work you do and how that came about? Since I was […]

Amanda Filipczuk

Bess Fergusson is a digital media specialist who has combined her passions for tech and travel. Currently working and living in NYC, she is living the life many of us only dream about. How did a Melbourne-based Brisbane woman end up living and working in NYC? Well that is a long story. The […]

Bess Fergusson

Sarah Ward
The Helpman and Green Room Award winning Sarah Ward spoke to us about how she ended up traveling to perform as both herself and her character, Yana Alana. How would you describe yourself as a performer (or Yana Alana as a character)? Its difficult to describe myself as a performer, […]

Sarah Ward

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Why I decided to start The Women Who. Does your daily social media feed read like a how-to for women’s self-improvement. I know mine did. The Women Who is the antidote. A celebration of women and who we are now, not who we could or should be. THE PROBLEM: All […]

Monique Thorpe