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2012 was the year that women destroyed the joint. The year our female Prime Minister became so frustrated with the entrenched sexism that exists in the Australian parliament that she broke her silence and rejected misogyny in a speech that echoed around the world. It was the year the RU486 drug became widely available to women in Australia, a year when 5000 people marched against "victim blaming" in a Reclaim the Night rally in the wake of Jill Meagher’s murder and a year when Alan Jones’ radio show aired free of advertisements due to public pressure.

There are the big milestones that have made this year significant for women and then there are the things that are less physical but just as seismic – in particular the resurgence of popular, vigorous and passionate discussions about feminism in the mainstream media.

And so we feel it’s important to recognise, support and celebrate the loud female voices that have driven women’s issues onto the public agenda, ignited debate and agitated for change this year.

Daily Life, would like your help to curate a list of Australia’s 20 most influential female voices of 2012. Who do you believe has had the most influence and who has inspired you most this year?


All you need to do to cast your vote is click here and tell us who you would like to nominate and why she’s earned your vote. You’ll also be entered in to the draw to win an iPad Mini.

Is it organisation leaders, activists, politicians, journalists, bloggers or some other kind of social change agent that you believe has made the most difference to women this year?

In selecting the final list the team at Daily Life will look for the nominees that have made a strong, public stand on issues that are important to women. We will ask: is this a woman that empowers other women? Has she been active/outspoken in the past 12 months? How has she used her influence? Has she been innovative? And what has she achieved?

We will also take in to account the measure of her influence: media (readership, ratings, and page impressions), social media (Facebook fans, Twitter followers and YouTube views), and platform (level of influence their role/job title brings).

We will announce the list of Australia’s Most Influential Female Voices next month.


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11 comments so far

  • Is it just me or is anyone else getting "Please enter a numeric value" when they try to type in the answer for "Who are you nominating as Australia's most influential female voice?"

    I can't be the only one noting the (presumably unconscious) irony of reducing women to a mere numbers in a poll about the "most influential female voice" in Australia promoted by a site that is 'female-friendly'...

    Date and time
    November 26, 2012, 8:46AM
    • Can you please fix the bug in the form? the Name field "Who you wish to nominate" keeps asking for a numerical value, tad annoying.

      Date and time
      November 26, 2012, 9:53AM
      • Apologies to anyone who experienced this problem - it is now fixed and voting is working as it should be. Thank you for your patience.

        Sarah, Daily Life Editor
        Date and time
        November 26, 2012, 10:46AM
      • Woo hoo thanks Sarah!

        Date and time
        November 26, 2012, 11:05AM
    • As our PM, Gillard is surely the most influential - she has the power to run the joint. But she is also the most influential aside from her position because in giving her misogyny speech, she has given voice and a lesson to young (and older) women about the ongoing sexism in this country we should no longer stay silent about. Even in the way the media reported her speech was an indication of the old institutions that still can't accept a powerful woman railing against the system. The media here missed the point. Internationally they knew something significant had happened. Gillard demonstrates daily that women can do politics, power and public life differently to men but with just as much strength and conviction. That she FINALLY found her voice is something many women have been waiting for and she did it spectacularly.

      south melbourne
      Date and time
      November 26, 2012, 11:58AM
      • Professor Marcia Langton is currently delivering The Boyer Lectures. She has consistently expanded our understanding and created positive futures for Aboriginal Australians.
        She is a leading intellectual currently working on changes to Our Constitution

        Hon Linda Burney Deputy Leader of the Opposition in NSW Parliament has also contributed substantially to our national life over the past thirty years.

        Let the list be open and as broad as possible.

        Juno Gemes
        Date and time
        November 27, 2012, 11:07AM
        • Remarkable that Gina Rinehart is not on the photos. After Julia Gillard surely the most influential woman in the country. I realise she's probably says a lot of things that aren't terribly popular around here but she's doubtless influential.

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          November 28, 2012, 1:25AM
          • Really? You think she has *influence*? What exactly do you think she's been trying to BUY via the Fairfax shares she holds? She doesn't have any influence outside the mining industry and she's mad as hell about it.

            Date and time
            November 29, 2012, 7:00AM
        • I would like to nominate all the women who volunteer their time and energy to caring for others without the benefit of a high social, political or corporate profile, without the benefit of great wealth, without publicity and public accolades and without the national honours that are bestowed on people for just doing their very well-paid jobs.
          These women are never included on any such lists yet they carry on selflessly caring for the sick, the aged, the disabled, the homeless, refugeees and asylum seekers and countless community groups across this country.
          These women need to be sought out and identified by journalists (and the national honours people) so they can be lauded by society as a whole.

          Date and time
          November 28, 2012, 10:45AM
          • I can't say that I recognise all the woman you have selected to nominate - I should hope it would be someone who speaks with dignity - not a screaming shrew who denigates anyone that disagrees with her as does a lot of our parliamentarians

            Date and time
            November 28, 2012, 7:28PM

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