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LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BADASS WOMEN ON YOUR SIDE 💪
JULY 25, 2022
So this week, I could take up space in your inbox with talk of an all but guaranteed new wave of Covid-19, or a blistering winter in the southern hemisphere coupled with unbearable heat in the north, or the rising cost of living - but I won’t.
Instead, I’m choosing to celebrate the women in my life who have taught me the art of resilience and the power in persistence by sharing their own experiences and hard-fought battles.
After all, that’s what FW is all about - community.
A FIRST NATIONS WOMAN'S SIMPLE CALL TO ACTION
JULY 7, 2022
Two years is an awfully long time.
And so when I walked into the W Melbourne in Naarm earlier this week and saw a packed room of people, I couldn't help but smile.
Here we were, choosing to mark and celebrate NAIDOC Week together - after years of being apart.
FINALLY - CHANGE THAT WORKS FOR WOMEN, NOT AGAINST US
JUNE 22, 2022
What makes a moment unforgettable?
I’ve had a few in the last couple of years – flashes of time I know I’ll remember forever.
There was the moment I stood in the Canberra Press Gallery and watched as marriage equality legislation passed in the Senate and the crowd burst into cheers, tears, and spontaneous song after a long and difficult campaign.
There were the two hours of unforgettable moments in which I cried, laughed, and watched in awe as Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins addressed the National Press Club earlier this year.
And then last Thursday, there was the moment Victorian Premier Dan Andrews took my breath away.
WHAT SHOULD THE RETURN TO WORK LOOK LIKE?
JUNE 8, 2022
As a kid, I was never comfortable with change. I always wanted to know what was coming around the corner. I liked to be prepared.
‘Moves, and countermoves…’ is a quote from my favourite young adult fiction series, The Hunger Games. It speaks to the fact that while the winds of change can be exciting, they also bring uncertainty which can be terribly unnerving.
In the midst of an awful flu season, peaking Covid cases and a record-breaking winter, the big ‘change debate’ raging all around the country is this: what should our return to the office look like, and should we return at all?
THE WOMEN OF AUSTRALIA HAVE SPOKEN - WHAT THEY SAID CHANGED THE COUNTRY
MAY 25, 2022
It's true that if you change the Government, you change the country. But this week, that change felt seismic.
The immediate commitment by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to move forward with the Uluru Statement from the Heart was just the start.
Then there was the determination of the Albanese Government to put women at the centre of decision making and policy. Finally, I hear you say.
MUM ONCE TOLD ME HOW TO HOLD ON TO HOPE IN HARD TIMES
MAY 11, 2022
It wasn’t all that long ago I found myself watching the news from my native Serbia with Mum. Protests in my hometown of Belgrade were going on for some nine months at the time - with people calling for greater press freedoms, electoral reform and increased government transparency.
HOW WOULD YOU SPEND $61 BILLION?
APRIL 27, 2022
All week I’ve been wondering what I’d do if I had $61 billion. While my fantasies range from altruistic (an unending tap of money for deserving charities) to downright silly (a custom-built castle for my cats), purchasing Twitter does not make my top ten. But that’s exactly what Elon Musk did this week, prompting a tidal wave of terrible takes and a few very funny ones. If you’re wondering what’s next for the platform, check out this interesting Vox analysis of what changes Musk could make.
IT'S ELECTION TIME... ARE WE THERE YET?
APRIL 13, 2022
My day started with an early-morning FaceTime from my mother letting me know that, three days in, she’s sick of the federal election campaign. I get it. Between Opposition leader Anthony Albanese’s figures gaffe, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s TikTok gatecrasher and George Christensen’s One Nation defection, another six weeks feels daunting.
CRAWLING TO THE FINISH LINE
MARCH 30, 2022
It’s Wednesday and I already feel like I am crawling to the finish line of this working week. Covid has well and truly arrived at my kid’s school, so he’s learning at home again for the time being, bringing back some truly horrendous lockdown memories. It’s enough to make parents miss the days of nits – and that’s really saying something!
A DAY OF PROTEST OR CELEBRATION? WHY CAN’T WE HAVE BOTH?
It’s been quite the celebration of International Women’s Day this year. So much so that I am writing you an email about it more than a week since the actual day passed. What was once a day of protest, has morphed into a fortnight of corporate events, government speeches, and cupcakes, oh so many cupcakes.
Part of me thinks that’s not a bad thing.
A SOBERING CLIMATE REMINDER
MARCH 2, 2022
The sky feels heavy this week and not only because clouds full of rain continue to dump their contents across the eastern states. After two years where our news has been dominated by a single story, recent days have brought fresh reasons to worry and more people who need our help.
COVID-19 AND KEYNOTES
FEBRUARY 16, 2022
It was a sleepy start to the year, with many of us choosing to keep mostly to ourselves while playing hide and seek with the Omicron variant. (For those of you who have been sick, had loved ones sick or been going to work where you’re looking after the sick - I hope you’re doing okay.) But with schools going back, restaurants calling our name and parliament sitting again, 2022 finally seems to be kicking into gear.
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