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The Download with Helen McCabe and Jamila Rizvi
Your weekly snapshot of what’s making news, as well as what Helen and Jamila are reading, watching and listening to.
Live in the Members-Only Facebook group every week on Tuesday at 12pm AEST.
When we asked you what type of content you’re loving, the response was loud and clear: TV and more TV. And as is typical of our Future Women members, you had a LOT of opinions. And you need to talk about them! Enter: TV Club.
Live in the Members-Only Facebook group, whenever we need to debrief on a TV show we can’t stop watching (or hate-watching).
TV CLUB: NETFLIX TAKES ON JANE AUSTEN’S PERSUASION
WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST
In this edition of TV Club, we’re talking about a movie.
More specifically, we’re talking about the latest addition to a long list of Austen adaptations: Persuasion.
Bojana Kos and Alex Grant discuss just how well the 2022 Netflix adaptation featuring Dakota Johnson compares to greats like Emma, Pride & Prejudice, Clueless and Bridget Jones’ Diary.
THE DOWNLOAD: CLIMATE CHANGE BILLS, TARGETS AND FLOORS
TUESDAY 9 AUGUST
Beyond being the CEO of Environmental Leadership Australia, Anna Rose has worked on a number of initiatives to help drive Australia’s response to the climate crisis.
In this edition of The Download, Anna joins Sally and Bojana to talk about the first climate change bill to be introduced to Parliament in over a decade – what it outlines for Australia’s reductions targets, how we’ll get there and what else we can expect as this long-awaited shift in policy unfolds.
THE DOWNLOAD: AUSTRALIA IS FINDING ITS VOICE
TUESDAY 2 AUGUST
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese revealed the words he’d like to use in the upcoming referendum to establish an Indigenous Voice to parliament.
The proposal will be put to Australians and, if successful, would enshrine that voice in the constitution as outlined in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
And while there is support from Indigenous leaders, there is opposition as well. Discussion and debate of different ways to amplify the voices of First Nations leaders and communities.
Future Women’s Online Learning Manager Madison Howarth, a Wonnorua and Yuin woman, is joined by Dr Summer May Finlay for a Download done a little differently, exclusively honing in on this important topic.
FW LIVE WITH ALASTAIR MACGIBBON
MONDAY 1 AUGUST
New data has revealed that scammers stole more than $2 billion from Australians last year – more than double what they lost in 2020.
So, in an increasingly complex digital age, how do you keep your money and identity safe? And with cons becoming harder to spot, what are the warning signs?
Joining us to break down the practical steps we can all take, from changing that password from Password1234, to apps that manage our logins, is CyberCX Chief Strategy Officer Alastair MacGibbon.
FW LIVE WITH MOO BAULCH
FRIDAY 29 JULY
Sometimes progress is hard to come by. It’s easy to focus on the bad. Let’s be real, there’s a lot of it.
But this week, there was a landmark development, and it’s one worth pausing to celebrate. From February next year, millions of Australian workers will be entitled to 10 days of paid domestic violence leave.
To discuss this significant development, we’re joined by anti-violence campaigner Moo Baulch. Moo has worked in domestic abuse policy and response for decades, and was a consultant on our podcast, There’s No Place Like Home.
FW LIVE WITH LUCIANNE TONTI
MONDAY 25 JULY
When we talked to Aja Barber last year, one of the biggest questions you had was about how to shop for sustainable clothing.
The answer? We’ll be uncovering that and much more when Lucianne Tonti joins us to discuss her new book: Sundressed.
Drawing from her insider experience as a designer in fashion houses around the world, Tonti looks beyond sustainable practices to envision a future entirely rebuilt around natural fabrics.
FW LIVE WITH CASSANDRA SCOTT
THURSDAY 21 JULY
Let’s face it. Society tends to pretend a woman’s sex life ends where her wrinkles begin. Scour the books in our libraries and the shows on our screens, and mere recognition of female sexuality as women age is hard to come by… let alone discussion or – gasp – celebration.
On Thursday, we’re going to be joined by Cassandra Scott. She’s the founder of Neurosensation, a new online tool helping women of *all ages* discover their own sexual algorithm.
Senior content producer Bojana Kos speaks to Cassandra about how Neurosensation also uses trauma-informed technology to help women gain agency over their own sexual stories… and the near-death experience that prompted her to found the app in the first place.
THE DOWNLOAD: PROJECT RETURN
TUESDAY 19 JULY
In this week’s instalment of our weekly news segment, The Download, we’re going to talk about ourselves a little bit.
Something at the heart of why Future Women was founded in the first place.
It’s called Project Return. It’s an innovative, digital program supporting 150 women returning to work.
So, for something different, we’re going to introduce you all to Christine Ellem. She’s our Scholarships and Special Programs Director. She’s one of the key women behind this tremendous program.
TV CLUB: STRANGER THINGS 4
WEDNESDAY 13 JULY
Our latest edition of TV Club takes a look at Stranger Things season 4, which means one thing and one thing only: protect Steve Harrington at all costs.
Tune in as Tarang Chawla and Alex Grant give an emotional debrief of the latest in the hit series that’s kept us on the edge of our seats for years.
THE DOWNLOAD: THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE SINGLE MOTHERS FLEEING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FACE
TUESDAY 12 JULY
Leading researcher and author, Dr Anne Summers has recently published shocking research about the unthinkable choice for women escaping domestic abuse: violence or poverty.
Among the findings: a staggering 60 percent of single mothers have faced abuse.
Dr Summers joins Bojana Kos and Sally Spicer on the Download to talk through the findings, and what can be done to better support single mothers fleeing domestic violence. Later in the episode, Sally and Bojana breakdown the day’s news headlines.
FW LIVE WITH DR NEELA JANAKIRAMANAN
THURSDAY 7 JULY
“She wants to help her patients. But first, she must survive.”
So says the front cover of Dr Neela Janakiramanan’s debut novel. It’s part psychological thriller, part expose. It follows Emma, a registrar training in a buckling health system, and the underlying misogyny facing women in medicine.
Sally Spicer sits down with Dr Janakiramanan to discuss her first novel, and the barriers that still exist for women in male-dominated fields.
THE DOWNLOAD: INTEREST RATES RISE AGAIN, SO SALLY AND BOJANA GO TO MONEY SCHOOL
TUESDAY 5 JULY
Money School Director and Future Women’s favourite money guru, Lacey Filipich, joins Bojana and Sally with some helpful advice on surviving the rising cost of living – and how to balance the budget.
Later in the episode, Bojana and Sally break down the big news of the week and what’s happening at Future Women.
FW LIVE WITH MADDEN BURNS: WHY SHE PUT HER HOUSE DEPOSIT IN STOCKS… AND NEVER LOOKED BACK
WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE
Plummeting share prices aren’t enough to dissuade Future Women’s Madden Burns, who has no plans to pull her house deposit out of the share market until she needs it.
As the cost of living continues to increase, how to save and spend your money has never felt more crucial, or daunting. Sally Spicer sits down for a fascinating discussion about investing and managing a money as a young woman.
THE DOWNLOAD: PROTECTING OUR HARD-WON REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AT HOME
TUESDAY 28 JUNE
The US has overturned Roe v Wade, ending a 50-year constitutional right to abortions.
In this episode of the Download, Sally Spicer is joined by Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, Dr Ronli Safris.
Dr Safris answers all our questions about the expected ruling, including what comes next, and what it all means for Australia.
FW LIVE WITH TOM TILLEY
WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE
From the outside, Tom Tilley’s childhood seemed ordinary. The first son of a pastor, he grew up in a beautiful country town where life revolved around football, his loving family and their Pentecostal faith.
But behind church doors, a strictly enforced set of rules included a looming ultimatum: if Tom didn’t speak in tongues, he’d go to hell and be outcast from his close-knit, devout community.
The journalist and broadcaster joins Future Women’s Sally Spicer to discuss his powerful memoir about growing up in a hardline religious community, Speaking In Tongues.
THE DOWNLOAD: GAME CHANGING MOVES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
TUESDAY 21 JUNE
New South Wales and Victoria have announced a full year of play-based learning, to be implemented free for four-year-olds.
Executive Director of advocacy group The Parenthood, Georgie Dent, joins Future Women’s Bojana Kos and Sally Spicer to talk about the ‘game changing’ initiative.
Later in the episode, Bojana and Sally break down the big news of the week and what’s happening in the world of Future Women.
UP LATE WITH YASSMIN ABDEL MAGIED
TUESDAY 14 JUNE
From grassroots organiser to “Australia’s most publicly hated Muslim”, it’s been a big few years for Yassmin Abdel-Magied. And in her new book, she’s talking about a revolution.
Yassmin joins Online Learning Manager Madison Howarth for a discussion about life after Australia and her collection of essays exploring resistance, transformation, and revolution.
An unmissable chat.
THE DOWNLOAD: THE HIDDEN PROBLEM IN AGED CARE
TUESDAY 14 JUNE
An estimated 50 people are sexually assaulted in Australian aged care homes every week, according to evidence presented to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Most reports are made by women. Most of these women live with dementia.
With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day literally around the corner, The Download hosts Bojana Kos and Ruby Leahy-Gatfield sit down with CEO of the Older Women’s Network NSW, Yumi Lee, to discuss what we can do to tackle sexual assault in aged care settings and in the home – and it all starts with listening.
Plus we catch up on the latest news, books, TV and the exciting events coming up in the Future Women calendar.
THE DOWNLOAD: NEW COALITION LEADERS, A WFH NIGHTMARE AND TACKLING THE COST OF LIVING
TUESDAY 31 MAY
New leaders abound as the Coalition grapples with an election drubbing. What does Peter Dutton’s ascension mean for the future of the party? And will Barnaby Joyce return to his full-throated backbencher antics now that he’s no longer leading the Nationals?
Join Jamila and Sally (and a special drop-in from Managing Director Helen McCabe) as they break down the big news of the week, what’s happening at Future Women, and what they’re watching, reading and listening to.
THE DOWNLOAD: SO… WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM OUR NEW GOVERNMENT?
TUESDAY 24 MAY
It’s been three days since the election, and we just can’t stay away. Helen and Jamila are back with even more post-election analysis, plus a deep dive into what’s coming up in the Future Women community.
THE DOWNLOAD: UNPACKING *THAT* ELECTION
MONDAY 23 MAY
Elections tend to throw twists and turns when they come around, and whoa – this past weekend was no exception.
Helen McCabe and Jamila Rizvi unpack the election results, what the ‘teal bath’ means for the country and who made all the difference in this election.
(Spoiler alert: It was women 😉)
HERVOTE BREAKFAST BRIEFING: THE HOME STRETCH WITH HELEN MCCABE, JAMILA RIZVI AND SALLY SPICER
FRIDAY 20 MAY
Who will win, who will lose, and who will be coaxed into making a pre-election prediction?
Future Women founder and Managing Director Helen McCabe, and Deputy Managing Director Jamila Rizvi join Sally Spicer for the final instalment of our HerVote Breakfast Briefing series.
Don’t miss their final thoughts before you head to the ballot box.