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Dr Debra Adelaide is the author or editor of more than 15 books, including reference works, fiction and nonfiction. Her research areas include Australian women writers and contemporary readership. Her published fiction includes the best-selling novel, The Household Guide to Dying and The Women’s Pages and the short story collections, Letter to George Clooney and Zebra (forthcoming). She is Associate Professor in Creative Writing at UTS.
Evelyn Araluen is a writer, researcher, and teacher working with Indigenous literatures and representation at the University of Sydney, and the coordinator of Black Rhymes Aboriginal Poetry Night in Redfern. In 2017 she was the winner of the Nakata Brophy Young Indigenous Writers Prize and in 2018 she was the winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Born and raised in Dharug country and community she is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation. Twitter
Dr Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author. She hosts The Drum on ABCTV and writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, the Guardian, Good Weekend, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar. She is the author of the acclaimed biography Victoria: the Queen. Twitter. Web.
Larissa Behrendt is the Director of Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research at UTS, and host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio. She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues, won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home, and a Victorian Premiers Literary Award for her second novel Legacy. Her most recent book is Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling. Larissa wrote and directed the feature films, After the Apology and Innocence Betrayed. Larissa was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. Twitter // Web
Gabrielle Stanley Blair is a founder and CEO of Alt Summit and the creator and publisher of DesignMom.com. Her book, Design Mom: How to Live with Kids, is a NY Times Bestseller. On her website, Gabrielle covers the intersection of design and parenting, while hosting compelling conversations on difficult topics — from gun control to family size to mental health. Most recently, her honest Twitter thread about abortion went viral, and changed the way millions of people are talking about this divisive issue. Twitter.
Brooke Boney is a Gamilaroi Gomeroi woman and Triple J’s breakfast news presenter / resident news know-it-all. She’s been working as a journalist since 2010, has travelled around the world with the Prime Minister, reported on Eurovision, covered two election campaigns and written a lot about what it’s like to be an Aboriginal person in Australia. Twitter
Ann Brassil is CEO of Family Planning NSW, member of the NSW Health NGO Advisory Committee, a member for the UTS Dean’s (Health) Industry Advisory Board, Director of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Clinical Psychologist. Ann has high-level experience in population health and community and hospital based health service governance and management, in Australia and in the international development arena. She has broad experience in clinical services, education, research, advocacy and health service administration.
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Candice Chung is a Sydney-based freelance journalist and editor. She writes about food and culture for Australian Gourmet Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Time Out, SBS, Bloomberg among others. Candice is a former editor of Fairfax’s Daily Life and now runs SBS’ Emerging Writers Project which supports the work of young Asian-Australian writers. Twitter
Dr Cristy Clark is a writer and academic. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including, Kill Your Darlings, The Conversation, Eureka Street, Essential Kids, The Big Issue, Overland and the Human Rights Defender. She has a PhD in Human Rights Law from UNSW and lectures at the Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice. Twitter // Web
Eva Cox is a long term feminist activist, sociologist and political stirrer, committed to making societies more civil. As an early refugee from Hitler, she wants stop such horrors, and she also became a feminist, aged 3 when denied access to a drum, as they were ‘only for boys’. Her feminism is based on fixing gender inequity and power imbalances, not just equality with men on their terms. Twitter // Web
Professor Heather Douglas is Professor of Law at the University of Queensland and an ARC Future Fellow. Recent projects include the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book and the Australian Feminist Judgments project. Heather’s current work focuses on women’s experience of legal engagement in response to domestic and family violence. Web
Winnie Dunn is a Tongan-Australian writer and community arts worker from Mt Druitt. She is the manager of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and the literary editor of The Big Black Thing and Bent not Broken: Ten Years of Creative Writing from the City of Canterbury Bankstown. Winnie’s essays and short stories have been published in The Lifted Brow, Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, The Griffith Review and SBS Life. Twitter
Prof Andrea Durbach is Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales where she was Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre (2004 -2017). From 2011-2012, she was Deputy Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Born and educated in South Africa, she was a political trial lawyer representing victims and opponents of apartheid. Andrea has undertaken major research and policy projects on: the design of reparative mechanisms for members of the Stolen Generations and for Defence Force victims of sexual abuse, the capacity of courts and tribunals to implement ‘transformative’ reparations to combat gender violence post-conflict and more recently, the impact of university responses to sexual assault and harassment. Web
Dr Mehreen Faruqi joined the NSW Legislative Council in June 2013 – the first Muslim woman elected to any Parliament in Australia and the first MP to introduce a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW parliament – she is now Greens Senator for NSW. Prior to this she was the Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW. She is a civil and environmental engineer with a PhD in Environmental Engineering. Since migrating from Pakistan in 1992 Mehreen’s work has focused on developing real solutions to social and environmental challenges. Twitter. Web.
Anna Funder is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded writers. Her novel All That I Am won the Miles Franklin Prize, along with many others. Stasiland, hailed as ‘a classic,’ won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction published in English. Both books are published in over 25 countries. Web
Kerryn Goldsworthy is an Adelaide writer and a former university lecturer inliterature. She has published books, essays, short stories and reviews, and was the inaugural chair of the judging panel for the Stella Prize. She won the 2013 Pascall Prize for cultural criticism, and the 2017 Horne Prize for her essay ‘The Limit of the World’. Twitter
Erin Gough won the Ampersand Prize for her first novel for young adults, The Flywheel. Her second novel, Amelia Westlake won the 2018 Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Erin’s long story, Distance, will be published as part of Griffith Novella Project VI, All Being Equal, later in 2018. Twitter // Web
Ruby Hamad is a writer and Phd candidate in media studies at UNSW.
Her first book, White Tears/Brown Scars, an examination of how unconscious biases positioning women of colour as aggressive and white women as innocent, leave women of colour vulnerable to racial stereotyping when conflicts arise at the intersection of race and gender, will be published in 2019. Twitter
Natalie Hambly and Danielle Teutsch are managing editors of SBS Life website. SBS Life publishes a variety of opinion pieces with a special focus on intersectional feminism and elevating the voices of culturally and linguistically diverse women. The pair previously worked together editing Daily Life at Fairfax, where they commissioned and edited opinion pieces from a range of well-known Australian feminist writers. Twitter
Amani Haydar is a lawyer, artist and executive board member at Bankstown Women’s Health Centre. Amani’s writing and illustrations have been featured on ABC News Online and SBS Life and her self-portrait Insert Headline Here was a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2018. Twitter
Nour Haydar is a multiplatform reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, based in Sydney. She currently covers NSW state politics for ABC News’ online, television and radio platforms. Prior to joining the ABC, she was a producer at Sky News Australia. Nour has a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) from UTS. Twitter
Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial fiction, and children’s novels. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Aboriginal literature. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Twitter
Jess Hill is a multi-award winning investigative journalist who has written about domestic violence since 2014. Her reporting on domestic violence has won two Walkley awards, three Our Watch awards and an Amnesty International Media award. Jess is writing a book about domestic violence in Australia, to be published in 2019. Twitter
Lex Hirst is the publisher at social-purpose publishing house Pantera Press. She’s previously been a festival director, editor and arts programmer, and is always driven by a love of great writing and exciting ideas. Twitter
Foong Ling Kong has two decades’ experience in the publishing industry as an editor and a publisher of books across a wide range of genres, from children’s books to fiction, non-fiction and illustrated titles. She has worked in-house at Penguin, Hardie Grant, Melbourne University Press and Allen & Unwin, and freelanced for many others. She was Managing Editor of Anne Summers Reports and is presently working at the Parliament of Victoria as Editor of Debates. @
Christine Milne AO is a feminist, a lifelong environmental and social justice campaigner and a grandmother. She was the first woman to lead a political party in Tasmania and was part of the formation and evolution of Green politics in Australia and around the world. Addressing global warming is her passion. Twitter
Laura Murphy-Oates is a 27 yr old Ngiyampaa Wailwan woman, working as a presenter and producer for the daily current affairs show The Feed on SBS Viceland. She’s reported on Indigenous affairs for the past six years and is the current Walkleys Young Journalist of the year. Twitter
Siv Parker is an award winning writer, a social media practitioner, and an informed and insightful commentator on Australian life, history and values, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. Twitter // Web
Zoya Patel is the founding editor of Feminartsy, and former Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine. Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. Her debut book, No Country Woman, a memoir of not belonging, is out now. Twitter // Web
Jenna Price is an academic at the University of Technology Sydney and a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Canberra Times.
She hasn’t yet worked out work-life balance and fears it might be too late to learn. Twitter
Dr Shirleene Robinson has published many books on LGBTIQ history and other topics. She is a Director of Australian Marriage Equality and served as NSW Co-Convenor since 2012. She is also President of Sydney’s Pride History Group. In 2017, the Conversation named Shirleene as one of Australia’s top fifty thinkers. Twitter
Professor Nan Seuffert is a Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC) at the University of Wollongong. Nan researches across gender, race sexuality and the law, including on domestic violence, refugees who are sexual minorities and laws criminalising female genital cutting. Web
Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay writer, performer and educator from the north west river country of NSW. A founding member of Indigenous duo Stiff Gins, she is the current recipient of the State Library of Queensland’s Black&Write fellowship where she is finalising her first novel Song of the Crocodile.
Rebecca Shaw (aka @brocklesnitch) is a writer and creator of the parody Twitter account @notofeminism, which was developed into an illustrated book. She was on the writing team at Tonightly with Tom Ballard, and has written for Junkee, The Guardian, and Daily Life. She makes men on the internet mad.
Tracey Spicer has enjoyed a 30-year career, reporting for, and anchoring, national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News. She’s seen the best and worst sides of the industry, and her 2006 unfair dismissal case against Channel Ten signalled a shift in the fight against workplace discrimination. She recently she founded NOW, non-profit, non-partisan organisation for people across all industries who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or intimidated at work. Twitter
Dr Anne Summers, AO, has been prominent in Australia media, politics and as a feminist activist for the past four decades. She has advised governments, been an award-winning journalist, edited magazines – in Australia and in New York – led the international environmental organisation Greenpeace and even had her image on a postage stamp. She is the author of eight books, including the classic Damned Whores and God’s Police, Ducks on the Pond, The Lost Mother and The Misogyny Factor. Twitter // Web
Danielle Teutsch and Natalie Hambly are managing editors of SBS Life website. SBS Life publishes a variety of opinion pieces with a special focus on intersectional feminism and elevating the voices of culturally and linguistically diverse women. The pair previously worked together editing Daily Life at Fairfax, where they commissioned and edited opinion pieces from a range of well-known Australian feminist writers. Twitter
Wendy Tuohy is a champion for women and women’s issues and freely delivers her support with well-reasoned common sense arguments – plus anecdotes and life-stories – in her column in The Herald Sun’s Weekend feature supplement and her daily blog, The Perch and Kidspot and Facebook. Twitter
Dr Jane Wangmann is a Senior Lecturer at UTS:Law. Jane’s research focuses on legal responses to domestic and family violence. In her research she draws on her background as a legal practitioner, government policy officer and in law reform. Jane is currently researching unrepresented parties in family law proceedings involving allegations of family violence (an ANROWS-funded project). She is currently a member of the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team.
Lucy Watson is the online editor at Archer Magazine. Her work focuses largely on LGBTIQ issues, and has appeared in Junkee, The Brag, SameSame, and New Matilda. She’s also a PhD candidate and tutor at the University of Sydney, where she managed to turn her fascination with celebrities into an academic project. Twitter
Angela Williamson’s career has crossed the public service, Liberal and Labor political offices and the not-for profit sector. Through these roles she’s secured outcomes for ocean conservation, environment, indigenous affairs and women in sport. However, her recent experiences in reproductive health advocacy in Tasmania has given Angela her loudest voice. Twitter.
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi law scholar and poet. She is a Research Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute. Alison was a 2017-18 Fulbright recipient at Harvard Law School, where she was named Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Her second book, BLAKWORK, was released in September 2018. Twitter
Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non- fiction. Her poetry collections are Knuckled, which won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and Domestic Interior. Her new essay collection is The World Was Whole. Twitter