All About Women

Brigid Schulte: women need to let go of the expectations heaped upon them

Award-winning journalist Brigid Shulte.

SARAH MACDONALD The award-winning journalist and author says it's time for women to adjust their goals.

Gretel Killeen imagines Australia's first Minister for Men

Gretel Killeen as Australia's first Minister for Men

We all know how our Minister for Women is faring in that ambiguous role. But what about Australia's men? Who's looking our for their interests?

All About Women

The truth about feminism

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Rachel Eddie Four of our favourite local thinkers: Celeste Liddle, Clementine Ford, Annabel Crabb and Jane Caro.

Roxane Gay: There is a pushback against the rise of women

Roxane Gay.

CLEMENTINE FORD "It’s a fear that if women rise any further, what will happen to men?"

We need to remember Anita Cobby

Murdered nurse Anita Coby pictured winning the Miss Western Suburbs title in 1979.

CLEMENTINE FORD Almost 30 years on, Cobby's horrendous death shines a light on some disturbing truths about the world we live in.

Roxane Gay doesn't want to be your feminist role model (but that's probably what will happen)

A mass of contradictions: Writer Roxane Gay says she has lots of fantasies.

Susan Chenery The only black girl at school, the victim of a gang rape, a Yale dropout and a professor of English, writer Roxane Gay's life is a mass of contradictions.

All About Women 2015

Five speakers you need to see at All About Women

Roxane Gay.

Rob Moran Our favourite festival’s back, and they're bringing some excellent people.

The Rosie Batty factor: out of tragedy comes change

Rosie Batty

MEX COOPER When a grieving mother spoke out calmly just hours after her son's murder, she shocked many. Now police say the Rosie Batty factor has been a watershed in the battle against family violence. Mex Cooper reports.

Feminist game critic forced to cancel talk after death threats

Feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian

Chelsea Stark Feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk at Utah State University scheduled for Wednesday following a threatening email sent to the school, and the administration not banning guns from the talk because of state concealed-carry laws.

Inside #gamergate

Here's everything you need to know about #gamergate


Jenny Noyes How one guy’s post-breakup revenge blog began a war against women.

Australian women can't and won't be silenced

Larissa Waters

Larissa Waters Greens Senator Larissa Waters on how Australia is becmoing a better and fairer place for women

It’s considered a weakness to be a woman in Australia

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CLEMENTINE FORD Clementine Ford on our culture of vitriol and verbal abuse.

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The women who deserve medals for their bravery

Why don't we give medals to women who've survived violent or escaped their perpetrator?

CLEMENTINE FORD There is no valour for women who survive violence. But here's why things should change.


Feminist YouTube

Six feminist YouTubers everyone should be watching


Naaz Hussain These funny and eloquent women are fighting the patriarchy one upload at a time.

Roxane Gay

The rise of the Bad Feminist


NICOLE ELPHICK You're a feminist who loves the colour pink, questionable pop tunes, and can't quote bell hooks? Author Roxane Gay is here to tell you it's okay.

Stories from 2013

Child-free life

Choosing to be child-free


SHELLY HORTON Shelly Horton doesn't want children. So, she asks, why do so many people have a problem with that?

Victim blaming

Stop telling women to be afraid


BIANCA HALL BIANCA HALL is sick of the police’s knee-jerk response to sex crimes.

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The number one issue for women

Anne Summers

Anne Summers Anne Summers reflects on our most critical undertaking on International Women's Day.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

‘Women’s safety is the top priority’

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RUBY HAMAD When Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks, people listen. Ruby Hamad finds out what she has to say.

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Ending violence

The two ways to dismantle rape culture

Dismantling rape culture

CLEMENTINE FORD As with all social change, it starts with you.

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What if you don’t love your children?


KASEY EDWARDS Should it be more socially acceptable to be ambivalent about motherhood?

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New Speaker added to our All About Women Event


NATALIE REILLY Daily Life is hosting a festival of ideas at the Sydney Opera House next month and a brand new special guest has just been added to the line-up.

Violence against women

Why we need to keep discussing gender equality

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Flowers and messages sit outside of the front of the Duchess Boutique on Sydney Rd, the store which captured the last CCTV footage of Jill Meagher on September 28, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Coburg man Adrian Ernest Bayley was charged overnight with the murder and rape of Irish national Jill Meagher. Her body was found by police buried in a shallow grave north-west of Melbourne.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Julie McKay Violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses in the world says the Executive Director of UN Women Australia, Julie McKay.

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Clark Beaumont

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NICOLE ELPHICK The young Queensland-based art duo that get to exhibit alongside Damien Hirst.

True bravey

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13:  Rebekah Havrilla (2nd L), former sergeant in the U.S. States Army, speaks with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (R) after Havrilla testified about being sexually assaulted while in the military during a hearing March 13, 2013 in Washington, DC.  The hearing on sexual assault was before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Personnel Subcommittee chaired by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

United States Jennifer Steinhauer Washington Two US military servicewomen have told a Senate panel how they were raped by superiors and then ridiculed by officials.

Brooke Magnanti

An interview with Belle de Jour


Nick Miller Meet Brooke Magnanti: best-selling author, cancer researcher, former prostitute.

There was only one victim at Steubenville

Trent Mays (L) and Ma'lik Richmond (R) sit in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio, March 15, 2013. One of two high school football players in Ohio accused of raping a girl at a party last summer had pictures of the teen on his cell phone from that night, a state forensic analyst testified on Thursday. REUTERS/Keith Srakocic/Pool  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW EDUCATION SPORT SOCIETY)

CLEMENTINE FORD The boys who raped and humiliated an unconscious 16 year old may have been punished – but do they understand they’re not the victims?

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Victim blaming

Rapists are to blame for rape


KASEY EDWARDS [Trigger warning: discussion of child abuse]

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Is this photo grounds for death?


CLEMENTINE FORD A Tunisian activist posted this pic of herself. Here's what happened next.

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Victim blaming?

A difficult conversation about sexual assault

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AMY CORDEROY Though it's bound to spark debate, AMY CORDEROY believes we need to discuss the relationship between alcohol, drugs and sexual assault.

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fan girls of violent men

The Fan Girls of Violent Men

Oscar Pistorius awaits the start of court proceedings while his brother Carl (L) looks on, in the Pretoria Magistrates court February 19, 2013. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was applying for bail after being charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

CLEMENTINE FORD Why does Oscar Pistorius have a cult following among a certain demographic of women?

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Yityish Aynaw

The hypocrisy of a black Miss Israel

Yityish Aynaw

RUBY HAMAD Does recognising someone from a minority group with a beauty prize really mean progress or atone for past transgressions?

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Autism Awareness

Living with Autism

Kathryn Wicks and her son photographed for Sunday Life March 2013

KATHRYN WICKS Having a child with high-functioning autism doesn't mean living with a genius. These children have their own unique challenges.

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Culture clash

Growing up Arab in Australia


AMAL AWAD The pleasures and challenges of growing up in a migrant family.

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Bad taste?

Abortion Humour

Rebel Wilson

CLEMENTINE FORD Why making jokes about a serious issue can be empowering.

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100 years on

Is International Women's Day working?

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 26: Youths shouts slogans during the Chhatra Yuva Sanklap rally against the Delhi gang rape on January 26, 2013 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Child brides, female foeticide, genital mutilation: what has changed in 100 years?

Clem Ford

Are women's voices being gagged?

Leigh Sales

CLEMENTINE FORD We won't hear the absence of women’s voices if we've been taught to ignore them.

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