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Really Interesting Women

English, Cultural, 1 season, 125 episodes, 3 days, 10 hours, 12 minutes
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Conversations with amazing women whose journeys and experiences are fascinating, inspirational and educational.
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Amber Lawrence

Really Interesting Women - the Podcast Episode 123AMBER LAWRENCEAmber started her professional career as a Chartered Accountant but she left that to pursue a dream. After a very successful debut in the 2005 Tamworth Country Music Festival  - coming second in the major singing competition to Jessica Mauboy - Amber took that success and started her country music journey in earnest. She put in a lot of hard work and was constantly touring. It paid off as she became one of Australia’s leading female country singers. But that’s not just my opinion. She’s won 6 Golden Guitars, including Female Artist of the Year at the 2023 Golden Guitar Awards. On the way to that success she has toured the world, entertained Australian troops overseas and even went to New York to play a song she wrote to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea - in front of the President of the United States and the Australian PM (and 800 others).In July 2022, she released her tenth studio album, Living for the Highlights, which reached number 1 on the ARIA charts and the Australian Country Music charts. Head to Amber's website for info on her touring dates and a link to her albums.www.amberlawrence.com.auHead to the link in my bio to have a listen to our conversation. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849
4/10/202430 minutes, 46 seconds
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Prof. Julie Rrap

Really Interesting Women - the podcastEp. 122Professor Julie RrapJulie has been a central figure in Australian contemporary art for 4 decades. Our conversation covers a lot and I guess that was inevitable given her enormous contribution to art both in Australia and internationally.  She has worked with photography, painting, sculpture, performance and video in an ongoing project concerned with representations of the body with a particular emphasis on the female body within western art history. Julie has been described as one of Australia's leading feminist artists. Since her first exhibition in 1982, she has been consistently committed to the exploration of the role—or absence of roles—of women in the history of art. Throughout her career she has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and Australia. She completed her PhD in 2010 and is currently  Co-Director and Co-Chair of Sydney College of the Arts.Image:  Simon SchluterVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849
3/27/202457 minutes, 51 seconds
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Distinguished Professor Jenny Graves AC

Podcast Episode 121Distinguished Professor Jenny Graves AC FAAJenny Graves is a leading evolutionary geneticist who was a very early adopter of gene mapping. She uses genome comparisons to explore the origin, function and fate of human sex genes and chromosomes. In other words, exploring what is it that makes us male, and female and she’s also explored the evolution of the so called ‘gay gene’ and the genetics of transgenderism. She’s a Distinguished Professor at La Trobe University, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the US National Academy of Science, 2006 L’Oreal-UNESCO Laureate for Women in Science, and she won the 2017 Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science (the first woman to win solo). In 2022 she was elevated to our highest honour, Companion of the Order of Australia. She knows what she's talking about. Join me for a really interesting discussion.  Head to the link in my bio to her podcast episode.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849
3/13/202434 minutes, 41 seconds
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Del Kathryn Barton

Really Interesting Women - The podcastEpisode 120     Del Kathryn BartonDel Kathryn Barton is one of Australia’s most recognisable and collectable artists.  She’s now widely recognised as one of Australia's leading figurative painters and a 2-time Archibald Prize winner. Only the second woman to do that in the 103 year history of that portrait prize.  Her first year out of art college she had the extraordinary honour of being hung in the prestigious Sulman Art Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. All of this is a very long way from her isolated and unconventional rural upbringing where her father was attempting to build a house from scratch (as an untrained builder) while the family lived in tents and other temporary shelters.  She openly talks about her mental health issues which went largely undiagnosed. It was her mother that suggested she take up drawing as a child to overcome these crippling attacks. And that’s where it started.  It’s a fascinating, open, fun, funny conversation. And she gave me the secret to her success. It’s no secret.... it’s been discussed by most of the women on this podcast series. Hard work. Really hard work. And passion for the work.  Head to the link in my bio to listen to Del’s episode. Or go to your usual podcast platform and search Really Interesting Women. It’ll be there.   Image: Eugene Hyland    Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/28/202437 minutes, 1 second
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Anna Funder

Really Interesting Women - Podcast Revisited on 'Throwback Thursday'Anna Funder Ep. 105.   Anna Funder is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded writers and an international success. One of her books is currently being made into a film with a Hollywood household name as its protagonist.  ...and she dreamed of being a writer since she was a child. Anna spent her early childhood in Paris where her father was working. First day at primary school was a little tricky. Didn’t understand what anyone was saying. She subsequently learnt to read and write in 2 languages. And from that moment, words were her obsession.  She started her working life as a lawyer and gave up what she called “probably the best lawyer job in Australia”, working in the Attorney General’s department on treaty negotiations and international law. But she didn’t feel like it was her ‘real life’. She made a life changing decision to move to Berlin and become a writer. The full story can be heard on the podcast including, while promoting her book ‘Stasiland’, going on a public stage in Germany where the first 2 rows were occupied by ex-Stasi, all taking notes! That 2003 book Stasiland won, amongst many other things, the Samuel Johnson Prize which is for the best non-fiction writing in the English language (!!). Actor Tom Hanks described it as 'fascinating, entertaining, hilarious, horrifying and very important.'  Her 2012 novel, All That I Am, won a myriad of awards including the very prestigious Miles Franklin Award.  In her recently released book, Wifedom, Anna uncovers George Orwell’s ‘forgotten’ wife Eileen O’Shaughnessy, and rewrites her into history. Geraldine Brooks described the book as, 'Simply, a masterpiece'. Her books are important because of the truths they reveal. They are beautifully researched and exquisitely told.  Have a listen to this fascinating conversation. Head to the link in my bio or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849?i=1000619409426 Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/14/202449 minutes, 13 seconds
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Assoc. Prof. Michelle Telfer

Really Interesting Women - the podcastEpisode 119Associate Professor Michelle Telfer MBBS (Hons.) FRACP GAICDMichelle Telfer, through her work as an expert in adolescent medicine and through her development and expansion of the Royal Children's Hospital Gender Service for 10 years, is one of the best placed professionals in the country to talk about transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents in Australia and their need for  improved access to medical and mental health care.It's a long way from when her talent as a gymnast was spotted when she was 5 years old. But when you hear her speak, you can feel the determination and resilience that would have been needed to succeed as a gymnast that is still part of her ongoing journey to succeed now in an area that attracts, at times, extremely harsh  and often misplaced criticism.Michelle Telfers was an elite gymnast who competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. She came back to finish her final year of high school and was successful enough to go on to study medicine and then went on to specialise as a paediatrician, receiving Membership of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2010. She was the Director of the Department of Adolescent Medicine at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. She was also the Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service and has been instrumental in the development and expansion of the clinical and research programs amidst rising demand for trans-specific health care in children and adolescents. She has recently been appointed Chief of Medicine for the Royal Children’s Hospital. It's an important discussion as the commentary we often see or read, is rarely coming from those who practice at the coal face, so to speak. To listen to this episode, head to the link in my bio or search 'Really Interesting Women' in your favourite podcast platform. It will be the latest episode. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/7/202446 minutes, 11 seconds
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Tana Douglas

Really Interesting Women - the podcastEpisode 118Tana DouglasTana Douglas is acknowledged throughout the global music industry as a pioneer. She was the first female 'roadie' (road crew for rock bands). The first woman in a testosterone fuelled world. You talk about challenges. There's one. It was a rocky start. She ran away from an abusive childhood and found herself in the early 70’s in Nimbin (the hippie capital of Australia) where a chance meeting with... a tightrope walker of all things, changed her life. For example, soon after that, she walked into a downtrodden home in Melbourne to meet with a band who needed a roadie. She was 16 and stood in the living room looking at a bedraggled group of young men who weren't that much older than her. They hadn't even put out an album yet. But there was something about them. Tana reckons there was an energy that they seemed to just exude. It was AC/DC. She lived with them for over a year while they put their first album together. That then started a chain of events that led to her touring the world and working with bands such as Status Quo, The Who, Ozzy Ozborne, Iggy Pop, Elton John, INXS, Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers...the list is endless. ...and so are the fabulous stories.  Imagine throwing down shots with Bon Scott backstage at Wembley before he went out in front of 80,000 people. She did that!Have a listen to this podcast - head to the link in my bio. The book isLoud: A life in rock’n’roll by the world’s first female roadie Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
1/24/202441 minutes, 17 seconds
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Louise Herron AM

Really Interesting Women - the podcastEpisode 117Louise Herron AMLouise Herron became the first woman appointed to lead the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. During that time, she was charged with transforming the Opera House and overseeing a decade of renewal in all aspects including the largest and most transformative series of building works since the Opera House opened in 1973. The renewal process included the enormous task of trying to improve the acoustics as part of the concert hall renovation. That herculean task had its first litmus test recently when the world-renowned conductor Simone Young led the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the first concert after the renewal, stating afterwards... ‘I’ve never known anything like we’re experiencing today’.  Each CEO of the Opera House seems to be a custodian, a visionary, and an historian. Louise recounts the sliding door moment that may have meant the Opera House, as we know it, may never have been built but for the late arriving Finnish/American architect Eero Saarinen who was part of the design competition judging panel and wasn’t happy with the shortlist presented to him...so he started foraging through the rejected entries (some say they may have already been literally binned) and found Utzon’s sketches (not even plans) – and just said, ‘that’s it’.  It's a fascinating discussion covering not just the Opera House, but how Louise progressed her career, the drivers, and motivators behind her decisions. The transferable skills she has used in the varied jobs she has had. Also...we discussed where to from here for the Arts generally. How can we progress and promote the Arts and remove barriers from accessing, participating, and enjoying such a vital aspect of life.  Head to the link in my bio for Louise Herron's podcast episode.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
1/10/202432 minutes, 56 seconds
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Heather Mitchell AM

Really Interesting Women - the PodcastEpisode 116    Heather Mitchell AMHeather Mitchell is one of this country’s most acclaimed actors. In a career lasting over 4 decades (and counting), she has been involved in film, theatre and television projects that we would all be familiar with no matter what era you call your own...the TV miniseries Bodyline, the fantasy teen drama Spellbinder, movies such as Proof, The Great Gatsby, Muriel’s Wedding, Palm Beach and countless theatre productions culminating most recently in the critically acclaimed, RBG: Of Many, One, where Heather, in an extraordinary performance, plays the former US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg - one of nearly 30 characters she plays in the show. But if you think that working in a fickle industry for 40 plus years means she’s probably had an easy run...nothing could be further from the truth. The strength, determination and resilience required from Heather in the face of, at times, overwhelming odds, would be beyond most of us. It speaks volumes of her that she has faced these challenges and will still light up a room with her smile and genuine (!) demeanour. Clairvoyants and burnt toast play a big part in her life too - have a listen to her podcast episode to understand why. She’s greatly respected and admired within the industry and, more importantly, much loved .Her memoir, Everything and Nothing (Allen & Unwin) is a really good read. A great Christmas gift if you ask me.https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/book/Heather-Mitchell-Everything-and-Nothing-9781761067303/Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
12/6/202349 minutes, 19 seconds
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Suzie Miller

Really Interesting Women - The PodcastEpisode 115      Suzie MillerSuzie Miller is this country’s most successful playwright.  Her recent play ‘Prima Facie’ has had sold out performances in Australia, London’s West End and New York’s Broadway and is now being produced in over 30 countries. Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer would have had the luxury of being able to choose any theatrical production to make her West End debut. She chose Prima Facie. The response has been phenomenal. It has earned Suzie the prestigious Olivier Award in London for Best New Play. Was it luck? Well, Suzie Miller’s ‘overnight success’ as some may put it, has been over 20 years and 40 plays in the making – and that’s not counting her legal career which has been a huge influence on her writing.  She initially studied science and, realising that was not going to be the career for her, went on to study law.  A short stint in corporate law precipitated a move to the Aboriginal Legal Service, and eventually the Shopfront Youth Legal Centre in Kings Cross. And during this time, she was writing.  Her first play in 2003 was based on her Kings Cross legal experience. It transferred from a fringe Sydney theatre to the Sydney Opera House. She was enjoying great local success but still had to juggle both playwrighting and the law for some time and then she came to a crossroads in 2009.  Join me for our conversation as we discuss her career to date as well as her more recent plays, her debut novel (an adaptation of Prima Facie), several television projects and the enormous amount she puts back into the industry and its people (including me!).  In an industry that can be fickle and unforgiving, Suzie Miller’s success should be celebrated. HEAD to the link in my bio to listen to this episode.      Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/22/202330 minutes, 9 seconds
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Nicole Livingstone OAM

Really Interesting Women - The PodcastEpisode 114Nicole Livingstone OAMNicole Livingstone was part of the Australian swimming team for twelve years - starting when she was in Grade 8!  She went to 3 successive Olympic Games winning a silver and 2 bronze medals. She was a short course world record holder in backstroke and, in fact, still holds the longest winning sequence in history of any Australian swimmer (male or female) at the national titles. Ten consecutive backstroke titles. More than enough achievements for one lifetime...but then she went on to a long and successful career in the media as a host and commentator and joined a number of not-for-profit boards including co-founding, with her sister, Ovarian Cancer Australia. And then another opportunity presented itself in 2017 and after an exhaustive process, she was announced as the Australian Football League's head of women's football and is now responsible for managing the hugely successful AFL Women’s competition.You've probably seen Nicole on television in some capacity over the last 20 years or so, but, like me, you probably didn't know the whole story. It's a fascinating conversation and one which I'm sure you'll enjoy. Head to the link in my bio to have a listen to the podcast conversation. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/13/202336 minutes, 58 seconds
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Dr. Bronwyn Bancroft

Really Interesting Women - the PodcastEpisode 113.        Dr. Bronwyn BancroftDr Bronwyn Bancroft is a proud Bundjalung woman and a very successful artist. But the journey has been a long one and she's overcome hurdles that most of us can't imagine. Bronwyn's career has included both national and international exhibitions, and her work has been acquired by all major Australian galleries, state libraries and private collections.  She has also been a trailblazer in children’s literature having published over 40 books. In addition to this she has been a director of her own company, Designer Aboriginals since 1985 and, in 1987, was one of the first Australian fashion designers to be invited to exhibit their works in Paris. She has a long history of involvement in community activism and arts administration, and has served as a board member for the National Gallery of Australia. She has a Diploma of Visual Arts, 2 Masters degrees and in 2018 was awarded her PhD in Visual Arts. To have a listen to our conversation about her amazing journey, head to the link in my bio. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/25/202339 minutes, 43 seconds
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Collette Dinnigan AO

Really Interesting Women - The podcast Episode 112    Collette Dinnigan AOCollette Dinnigan is one of the country’s most successful fashion designers. Her creations have been worn by the likes of Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Princess Mary, and the Duchess of Cambridge. She became the first Australian to mount a full-scale ready-to-wear collection in Paris and was subsequently invited to show on the prestigious Paris Fashion Week schedule. Collette has won Australian Designer of the Year, the Louis Vuitton Business Award and the Award for Excellence from Fashion Group International amongst many other accolades. She has even been a Special Guest Editor for Vogue Living’s ‘Italian’ issue. Her business was an international success and then, after 24 years, she closed her boutiques in Sydney, Melbourne and London, stopped producing her successful bridal and evening wear lines and, with a renewed sense of purpose, headed in a new creative direction for all the right reasons.We had a great discussion which included, as a child,  her family's real life re-enactment of the TV series The Rovers (one of the great Australian shows!), being told at Fashion School that she was least likely to succeed in the class, her international rise and embracing new opportunities (working with Specsavers, entering Celebrity MasterChef) and...food. We even get tips on the best thing for Italian food lovers to plant in a garden. Everything covered!Head to the link in my bio for a listen. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/11/202330 minutes, 50 seconds
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Danielle Laidley

Really Interesting Women Podcast Ep. 111      Danielle LaidleyDanielle Laidley had an illustrious career as an AFL player and in 1996 won a premiership with the North Melbourne Football Club. She subsequently became one of the youngest head coaches in the league’s history at the age of 36 and was then inducted into the club’s hall of fame. But her amazing career and life were never what they seemed on the surface. Danielle  faced a private and lifelong battle with gender dysphoria and that constant struggle with her identity led eventually to legal troubles and addiction issues...which, in other circumstances, may have led to her undertaking a private recovery. But in her case, it was all cruelly and publicly exposed without her consent or knowledge. And then came the incredible journey to recovery. I think it would be fair to say Danielle is the most prominent transgender person in the country. The opportunity to reveal who she really was was taken away from her by police at the St Kilda police station when photos were taken and distributed publicly without her knowledge or consent . And that was how her own children found out. Danielle is now taking back control of her own story and it's through podcasts such as this one and a documentary streaming on Stan (see below).It's an important episode and can help people understand. Please head to the link in my bio for a listen. #reallyinterestingwomen #riw #daniellelaidley #transgender #genderdysphoria #addiction #determination #resilience@daniellemaylaidley07@the_dls@afl@aflwomens@nmfcofficialThe book is:Don't Look Away: A Memoir of Identity and AcceptanceThe documentary:Stan Revealed: Danielle Laidley: Two TribesVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/27/202344 minutes, 37 seconds
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Nikki Gemmell

Really Interesting WomenPodcast - Episode 110Nikki GemmellNikki Gemmell is an international best-selling author of over 20 books and a Walkley Award winning commentator and opinion writer for The Australian newspaper.  Her subject matter and distinctive writing style led to the French literary magazine Lire in 2007 including her in a list of what it called the fifty most important writers in the world – those it believed would have a significant influence on the literature of the 21st century. In fact, in France she has been described as a "female Jack Kerouac ". Four of her books (Shiver, Cleave, The Bride Stripped Bare and The Book of Rapture) made the longlist of "Favourite Australian Novels" as chosen by readers of the Australian Book Review.  But it was her best-known work in 2003, The Bride Stripped Bare, which became a world-wide publishing sensation...and then upended her universe. To protect herself she initially published the book anonymously. Then the media outed her and, according to Nikki herself, all hell broke loose. The consequences are still being felt today.With Nikki Gemmell there's always a lot to discuss. And we try and cover as much as we can...her loving yet fractious relationship with her mother, how to deal with the inevitable withering criticisms that come from being a public figure and her liberating time as a writer in London....and then retraining, as she calls them, her pommy children to become Australian when she returned to these shores. But all the while, it was her love of writing that kept her moving through life's rollercoaster. And still does.  Her books display the qualities she most admires in other authors...brutal, eviscerating honesty. But there’s an overriding sense of fun, wit and wisdom which makes her a brilliant writer, a great guest and, it goes without saying, a really interesting woman. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/13/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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Caroline de Mori AM

Really Interesting Women - Podcast Episode 109Caroline de Mori AMThis is a great story of an extraordinary woman.Caroline was a journalist, ran a PR company and was a successful business woman who ran her own company with 4 of her own children. When that just wasn't a thing. She's a risk taker, a do-er and hates injustice. Her corporate role took her all over the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of WA and what she saw in the remote Aboriginal communities affected her profoundly...as it would for anyone seeing it. But unlike 'anyone'...she decided to do something about it. In 2005, Caroline established the EON Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation to overcome chronic health issues in Indigenous communities in the most practical way – by helping them grow and prepare fresh fruit and vegetables. She recognised that the simplest way to provide fresh food particularly to remote communities was to grow it locally.The communities themselves request EON's assistance, so it has the best chance of success as a result. The children's involvement is a huge part of it. And it's working. Head to the link in my bio for Caroline's story. The website is brilliant. Have a look:www.eon.org.auVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/30/202333 minutes, 45 seconds
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Marita Cheng AM

Podcast ep. 108Marita Cheng AMMarita is a former Young Australian of the Year. 11 Years on from that award her work improving the lives of others is quite extraordinary. Marita and her brother were raised by their single mother in housing commission in Cairns. She encouraged education and worked a number of jobs such as a hotel room cleaner and dishwasher to give them every opportunity she could afford.  Marita is the founder of Robogals and the founder and current CEO of Aubot, a start-up robotics company. She co-founded Aipoly, an app to assist blind people to recognise objects using their mobile phones and was named as one of the World's Top 50 women in Technology by Forbes in 2018 and was recognised on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2016. On 9 June 2019, Marita was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to science and technology, particularly to robotics.Former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, described her as  a leader; an inspiration; a game changer. HEAD to the link in my bio for Marita's podcast episode. www.maritacheng.comVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/16/202336 minutes, 53 seconds
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JANINE KIRK AO

To describe Janine Kirk as a prominent business, education, health and community leader would be accurate...but doesn't do justice to her actual achievements and commitments. Our conversation will shed some light on this. Janine has a wealth of executive experience and has committed to giving back to the community through her work for not for profit and charitable organisations. In fact in 2021 she was awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for her leadership & contribution to the N.F.P. sector She was the Founding Chief Executive of The Prince's Trust Australia and is currently Chair of several organisations including Phoenix Australia (the Australian Centre of Excellence for Post traumatic Mental Health); HousingFirst (an affordable and social housing association) and The Melbourne Prize Trust (provides financial and professional development opportunities to artists). Janine would list her passions as innovation, ideas, design, creativity & hope. All things she brings to her NFP roles which benefit thousands of people. It’s a conversation which will both inform and inspire.  Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/2/202333 minutes, 46 seconds
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Jean Oelwang

Podcast Episode 106Really Interesting Women - Jean OelwangJean Oelwang is the founding CEO and President of Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group. Since its launch, it has inspired a number of global initiatives – like The Elders (with Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu), Ocean Unite, Carbon War Room and The B Team. For over 20 years Jean has worked closely with and learned a lot from Sir Richard Branson, having previously been the joint CEO of Virgin Mobile in Australia.In her current roles Jean has had occasion to work with Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu,  the Dalai Lama, former President Carter, amongst many others. It has given her insight as to what makes a successful and fulfilled life - and it's not money. In fact, I was cheeky enough to ask her about the meaning of life...and she gave me the answer! And it makes sense!!We discuss her recent book "Partnering" which shows the importance of deep seated connections and relationships and her anecdotal evidence comes from her interviewing over 60 business and life partnerships including Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Ben and Jerry, and Desmond and Leah Tutu.It's really interesting, insightful and a fun conversation.Head to the link in my bio to listen to this podcast. www.theelders.orgwww.bteam.orgJean's book: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/partnering-9781529146066@jeanoelwang #reallyinterestingwomen #riw @virginunite @virgin #partnerships #nelsonmandela #desmondtutu @richardbranson #dalailama #disruptivedetours @theelders_org #deeplylistening #meaningoflife Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
7/19/202333 minutes, 42 seconds
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Anna Funder

Really Interesting Women - PodcastAnna Funder    Ep. 105Anna Funder is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded writers.Her 2003 book Stasiland won, amongst many other things, the Samuel Johnson Prize which is for the best non-fiction writing in the English language (!!). Actor Tom Hanks described it as 'fascinating, entertaining, hilarious, horrifying and very important.'Her 2012 novel, All That I Am, won a myriad of awards including the very prestigious Miles Franklin Award. Both books are international bestsellers, translated into many languages and published around the world.Her books are important because of the truths they reveal. They are beautifully researched and exquisitely told.  Her legion of fans has been eagerly anticipating her latest novel, Wifedom, which has just been released. I've read it, it's fascinating and important. Geraldine Brooks described the book as, 'Simply, a masterpiece'.Head to the link in the bio of my instagram account: @reallyinterestingwomen to have a listen to our conversation. It's insightful, thought provoking and gave us both a bit of a giggle.You can find all Anna's books at this link:https://www.booktopia.com.au/search.ep?keywords=anna+funder&productType=917504 Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
7/5/202349 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tanya Hosch

Really Interesting Women - PodcastEp. 104      Tanya HoschTanya Hosch is the first indigenous person (male or female) appointed to the AFL executive.She is the General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy and is responsible for Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander issues, gender equality, sexuality and gender diversity, racism and sexism. It's a full dance card. And her actions in regards the shameful treatment of AFL superstars Nicky Winmar and Adam Goodes are just an example of the sort of headway she's making. Her career path has almost inevitably led to this most comprehensive and challenging role. She was founding director of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre over 20 years ago and also helped create the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute amongst many other achievements. She was the joint campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional reform.In 2015 she was named one of Australia’s 50 most powerful women, in 2021 she was named in the top 10 most culturally powerful people in Australia, in 2021 she was also named South Australian of the Year and in November 2022 the Sydney Morning Herald listed her as one of 25 trailblazers: "women reshaping Australia”.And all this from someone who didn't think they were meant to go to university. It's a fascinating, insightful and really enjoyable conversation. Head to the link in my bio to the podcast for a listen.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
6/21/202337 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jamila Rizvi

Podcast Episode 103Really Interesting WomenJamila RizviJamila is the Deputy Managing Director of Future Women which is an organisation that supports professional women to accelerate their careers, works with men to overcome unconscious bias and helps organisations tackle barriers to gender equality. She is also a best-selling author for adults and children, a columnist for Sunday Life magazine, which is part of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a podcaster – currently a co-host on The Briefing podcast and has been a regular commentator on The Project, Today, The Drum and Q & A. Early in her career she was an adviser to the Rudd and Gillard governments and at 25 became one of the youngest people ever to work as a Chief of Staff to a Federal Minister.But life hasn't been the plain sailing that a bio written down on paper might suggest. At the end of 2017 she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. She had 36 rounds of radiation and two brain surgeries. The diagnosis was a complete shock to her and her very young family. And the journey in coming back from that has been extraordinary. Have a listen to Jamila's inspiring podcast episode.Jamila's books are available at all good book stores and online at booktopia.com.au (Untold Resilience is authored by Future Women):The MotherhoodNot Just Lucky Untold ResilienceI'm a Hero TooWork. Love. BodyThe website of Future Women is:www.futurewomen.comVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
6/7/202326 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Rev. Dr. Margaret Mayman

Really Interesting Women  Podcast Episode 102Ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in 1983, Rev. Dr. Margaret Mayman has been a strong progressive religious voice for justice on matters like marriage equality, abortion, and refugees. She is perhaps best known for her inclusive congregations. She openly values the LGBTIQA+ community, supports their relationships, and celebrates their true, authentic selves. Her considered thoughts on Christian perspectives are often sought by politicians and the public. We had a really interesting and valuable discussion on her personal experiences as an openly lesbian Minister as well as her thoughts on many current issues including gay conversion therapy, marriage equality, social justice…even the Pope’s recent rejection of sexual orientation as a crime. Head to my bio for a link to Margaret’s podcast episode or search ‘Really Interesting Women’ on your favourite podcast platforms. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
5/24/202335 minutes, 6 seconds
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Denni Francisco

Really Interesting Women - The Podcast Episode 101    Denni FranciscoDenni Francisco is an award winning designer who uses stunning indigenous artists works to create prints for her clothes. And she's about to make Australian Fashion Week history as the first indigenous person to have a solo show. She's a two time winner of the designer of the year at the National Indigenous Fashion Awards and is generally considered a key figure in the Australian fashion industry.And it all started when, as a very young woman, she came with her mother into the city for the first time from Wiradjuri Country in Central New South Wales...and saw a boutique with a pair of vibrant red flares in the window display.  It was one of several seminal moments that helped create a career. During that journey she has created two unique clothing models that have made a big impact on the industry and, frankly, society. She recently made a big splash at Milan Fashion Week with a runway show on the deck of a huge luxury cruiser moored off the Italian coast but Denni's always mindful of thinking of others and assisting other first nations people in her industry. And this success culminates in the aforementioned solo show at Australian Fashion Week in mid May 2023. It's a fascinating story where culture and community are at the forefront of her decisions. And her designs have beautiful indigenous prints which has, in turn, created an international interest on those artists.Website: www.ngali.com.auAust Fashion Week 15-19 May, Carriageworks, SydneyVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
5/10/202334 minutes, 1 second
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Jane Yuile

Really Interesting Women - the podcast Episode 100         Jane YuileThis episode was challenging for me and, I suspect, Jane. Although she made me feel very comfortable very quickly. Persist with the audio on this episode - I'll explain why. Jane Yuile is a successful business executive who has always been up for a challenge.  A jump from a jetty a few years ago was nothing compared to other stuff she did, like skydiving for charity.  But the jetty jump went horribly wrong.Jane was left a quadriplegic. How she copes and deals with this - her mental and physical strength, resilience, determination and empathy for others, is extraordinary. The audio at times lacks clarity. That can't be helped. I would encourage you to listen right to the end because I left the recording going accidentally and I reckon it will help you understand why she's so loved and supported and respected. I think we can all take a bit of a lesson from Jane Yuile on how to cope with life's challenges.  Head to the link in my bio to hear this episode. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
4/26/202329 minutes, 54 seconds
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Chloe Dalton OAM

Podcast Episode 99 - CHLOE DALTON OAMChloe Dalton is one of this country’s very few elite athletes in 3 different sports: played in the WNBL, won a gold medal in Rugby 7s at the Rio Olympics, and in 2019 made the transition to Australian Rules Football where she is currently playing in the AFLW. In the middle of all this exceptionalism, she graduated from Sydney University as a physiotherapist where her work has a particular emphasis on neurological physiotherapy, supporting those affected by stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and brain injuries. But...to me, just as importantly, and I suspect it’s just as important to Chloe, it’s her incredible, far-reaching work off the field as the founder of the instagram and podcast smash hit, The Female Athlete Project which promotes women’s sport and the exposure of gender inequality. And the project has become a bit of an institution. Chloe Dalton was just announced as one of the most influential women in Australian sport. website: www.thefemaleathleteproject.cominsta: @thefemaleathleteprojectVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
4/12/202335 minutes, 21 seconds
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Carla Raynes

Really Interesting Women - Podcast Episode 98Carla RaynesCarla has worked in the homelessness field for nearly 2 decades. She’s seen the issue from all angles. And thought....'I’m seeing the same people all the time. There has to be a better way to solve this.' To that effect, in the middle of 2021, Carla launched a charity with the aim of bringing all her experience to help create those lasting solutions. There was a gap in the current system of treating homelessness and she blazed her own trail by trialling creative approaches to homelessness to make the solution lasting.A remarkable dedication and it's working and it's all been done with no government support. Imagine what could happen if the government did get behind it. Have a look at their website (below) to get a better idea of what they're doing.  Carla is the Founder and CEO of Bridge It. www.bridgeit.org.auVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
3/29/202335 minutes, 21 seconds
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Professor Sharon Lewin AO

Podcast Episode 97Professor Sharon Lewin AO FRACP FAHMSSharon Lewin is a remarkable woman. For a start, she has been heading up two global pandemics. Simultaneously.  In 1989 Dr Lewin (as she then was), instead of seeking a medical appointment in some prestigious city hospital, chose to work in a small hospital in Kenya. It was here she became passionate about infectious diseases, specifically HIV. And it would be a path she continues to tread to this day. She’s determined to find the cure.  In 2014, she was appointed Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and her research focuses on why HIV persists, and on developing clinical trials aimed at finding that cure. She’s delivered more than 100 talks internationally and has published 280-plus papers. Whilst doing all that her other role in this field is as the President of the International Aids Society. A huge organisation which ‘convenes, educates and advocates for a world in which HIV no longer presents a threat to public health and individual well-being.’ I believe there are about 14,000 members of the IAS.Oh, she’s also been a leader and spokesperson for the Covid response since about January 2020 when her team were the 1st in the world to isolate, grow and then share the virus with other nations. Her ongoing education of others in this area has been a much wanted voice of reason with a steadying hand on the tiller. It was a privilege having a conversation with someone so focussed on helping humanity. It was an informative, down to earth and, at times, very funny chat.Head to the podcast to have a listen. The link is in my bio.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
3/15/202330 minutes, 10 seconds
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Jackie French AM

Podcast Episode 96Jackie French AMJackie’s books have sold millions of copies and been published in 36 languages and have won more than 60 literary awards. She’s written well over 200 books and they cover a range of different genres: general fiction, historical fiction, picture books, and nonfiction for adults and for children.  Quite an achievement when you consider she’s severely dyslexic.  Her passion and success in the world of Children’s literature has seen her being appointed as the Australian Children’s Laureate in 2014-15, Senior Australian of the Year in 2015 and Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2016.  Her most popular books are the award-winning wombat picture book series illustrated by Bruce Whatley that began in 2002 with Diary of a Wombat. Our wombat related discussion reveals a stunning wombat related fact. Literally unbelievable but witnessed by Jackie herself so it’s got to be true.  It's a thought provoking discussion which covers a broad range of topics and her thoughts on the wide ranging benefits of reading have got me heading to the library.  Visit her website to find her books....www.jackiefrench.comVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
3/1/202340 minutes, 24 seconds
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Associate Professor Meru Sheel

Podcast Episode 95  Assoc. Prof. Meru SheelThe seeds of an astonishing career were sown in India where, as a child, Meru Sheel witnessed first-hand the devastation of diseases such as polio and tuberculosis.  As an infectious disease epidemiologist, she has been on the ground helping in some of the most unimaginable places. Fiji after a cyclone had flattened large parts of the country and disease inevitably followed, Samoa when an elephantiasis outbreak occurred, Bangladesh when over 700,000 Rohingya refugees in a camp felt the wrath of a diphtheria outbreak.  And then Covid 19.  She’s a big advocate for women in leadership roles  and in STEMM related areas.  Associate Professor Meru Sheel is making a difference. Her work, courage, tenacity, in the face of overwhelming odds, is inspiring.  Have a listen to our conversation in the Really Interesting Women podcast. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/15/202337 minutes, 38 seconds
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Rachael Neumann

Ep 94 Rachael NeumannRachael Neumann is shaking up the traditional Venture Capital model and, as a result, has been able to encourage many more women to become involved in the industry. When she and her female business partner launched Flying Fox Ventures, they were a rarity in the start-up ecosystem, which is still heavily male-dominated. She’s a startup mentor, angel investor, board member, advisor, mentor, mentee and very entertaining speaker. If you need to know the three things a venture capitalist wants to hear before they consider putting money behind your brilliant idea...listen in. If you need to know how to become a part of the high risk high reward venture capitalism world without having huge swathes of cash and whilst minimising risk (as much as it can be), again, it’s a great insight.  Disclaimer: Everyone should do their own research and talk to as many people as possible in the industry before investing. It is a business that, by its nature, is risky. But it was fun talking about it with an expert.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/1/202336 minutes, 20 seconds
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Michelle Deshong

Ep. 93    Michelle DeshongThis was a really interesting conversation with an ending that left me with goosebumps.Michelle Deshong is a Fulbright Scholar, Churchill Fellowship recipient and former NAIDOC Scholar of the year. She’s a leader and advocate, with extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors. She has an in-depth knowledge of indigenous affairs, and in the mechanisms of government, advocacy and political change. She has worked, amongst many things, as senior advisor in the Department of Prime Minister in Cabinet and has headed the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute. She continues to deliver critical leadership training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She runs her own consultancy and is an accredited trainer and facilitator specialising in leadership, governance, Australian and international politics, and human rights. But most importantly, she’s a proud kuku yalanji womanOn instagram, head to the link in my bio to hear her episode.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
1/18/202336 minutes, 54 seconds
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Imam Sherin Khankan

Ep 92     Imam Sherin KhankanImam Sherin Khankan has described herself as being born between two worlds – Muslim and Christian. Her early influences have been profound. She studied sociology of religion and philosophy from the University of Copenhagen as well as studies in Arabic. She has written 4 books including Islam and Reconciliation – a public case, and Women are the Future of Islam.But undoubtedly her most significant achievement to date, is as the founder of the first mosque with female imams in the Nordic countries and becoming one of the first female imams. Her aim is to challenge patriarchal structures and inspire other women. And she has…and does. An Imam. An Islamic feminist. A pioneer whose courage and determination is inspiringin the face of enormous opposition. Head to the link in my bio to listen to her episode. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
12/14/202238 minutes, 20 seconds
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Disting. Prof. Larissa Behrendt AO

Ep 91   Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AODistinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO FASSA FAAL is an inspirational indigenous leader. She’s a lawyer, academic, writer, filmmaker, indigenous rights advocate and lots more. Larissa was the first indigenous Australian to graduate from Harvard Law School and, she’s proud to say, not the last. Her career is multi faceted and she’s often taking several paths at the same time. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s driven by social justice and her take on the voice to parliament and truth telling is important. It’s not driven by politics but by history. Her book Indigenous Australia for Dummies is also important. It also happens to be a great read which I would highly recommend (link below).Head to the link in my bio to listen to this episode. I think it’s everything this podcast is supposed to be: inspiring, educational and entertaining. Link to book:https://www.booktopia.com.au/indigenous-australia-for-dummies-larissa-behrendt/book/9780730390275.html?source=pla&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyZfr3NDS-wIViX0rCh0DtwBOEAQYASABEgKnsPD_BwEVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/30/202237 minutes, 52 seconds
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Dr Kirstin Ferguson

Ep 90    Dr Kirstin FergusonKirstin Ferguson is an award-winning and globally recognised leader, executive coach, company director, writer and speaker. She is one of Australia’s most prominent leadership experts. Kirstin has an incredible and varied career starting as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force where she graduated Dux in her class, to senior executive with a leading law firm, to CEO of a global consulting company to over a decade on a range of company boards. And in between that, she obtained a PhD in leadership and culture. She’s also making a global impact, with UK- based Thinkers50 naming her as the only Australian in the world’s top 30 “Thinkers to Watch” and she was shortlisted for the Distinguished Award in Leadership in 2021. Put simply, my next guest is changing the way the world looks at leadership.Her new book, Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership will be published by Penguin Random House early next year. Below is a link to order the book:https://headheartleader.com/store/Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/16/202236 minutes, 29 seconds
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Major General Elizabeth Cosson AM, CSC

Ep. 89    Maj. General Elizabeth Cosson AM, CSCLiz Cosson was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Major General in the Australian Army. She enlisted in the Army in 1979. She was selected with 32 other women for the first male-equivalent officer training course. Throughout her distinguished military career, she held significant logistics and administrative positions. She received a commendation for her work in Cambodia. In 1999 she was responsible for logistics planning for the East Timor operation, and she was subsequently appointed as Chief of Staff of the Peace monitoring group in Bougainville for which she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2001. In 2007, she was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Major General in the Australian Army. Following this remarkable career, she retired from full time military service in November 2010 and joined the Australian Public Service where she eventually reached her current role as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.But it hasn't all been without its obstacles. We discuss a career threatening issue that Liz had to overcome. How she did that can be taken as a valuable lesson. As is our discussion on the value of values in becoming a worthy leader - in any field. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/2/202233 minutes, 2 seconds
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Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor-General of NZ

Ep 88   The Rt Hon. Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor-General of New ZealandDame Cindy Kiro's story is an extraordinary one. Her mother was born in a hut with a mud floor. Her Father was from a poor family who lived in a mining town in the north of England. From these humble beginnings Dame Cindy rose to become the 22nd Governor-General of New Zealand. The first Maori woman to be appointed as Governor-General.She never forgot where she came from and, most importantly, the invaluable life lessons she learnt from her collective experiences growing up. The secret to her success? I'm not too sure but I would venture to guess that it has a lot to do with the strong moral values instilled from her grandmother together with having a genuine interest in others and an abiding curiosity.She vowed to be a Governor-General for ALL New Zealanders and, with her background and intelligence and compassion and empathy, I have absolutely no doubt she will be. *some of the audio is a little unclear but please persist. It's worth it. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/19/202246 minutes, 29 seconds
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Professor Jenny Martin

Ep. 87 Professor Jenny MartinJenny Martin is a dual-trained clinical pharmacologist and practicing general physician, has studied politics and health economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, is serving as Chair of Clinical Pharmacology in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle and is the Director of Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE),On principle she resigned from Newcastle University’s council in protest over the appointment of former deputy Prime Minister and Chair of Whitehaven Coal, Mark Vaile to the position of Chancellor of that University. Such was the feeling in the community, his appointment did not go ahead and she was reappointed to the position by popular demand. So, as a practicing physician, teacher, researcher, multiple committee and editorial board member, and mother of four, you might wonder where she finds the time to join me in conversation. I’m certainly curious. Oh… I nearly forgot, she’s due in 2023 to also take up the position of President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Have a listen to Professor Jenny Martin’s episode on Really Interesting Women. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/5/202241 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ilana Atlas AO

Ep. 86    Ilana Atlas AOIlana Atlas is an exceptionally successful business woman....who still suffers from imposter syndrome. But she knows how to deal with it and she shares that secret with us. In fact Ilana shares a lot of her wisdom and advice on how to not only cope, but succeed in a constantly evolving work place.  And there's very few better qualified to give that wisdom and advice.We cover a lot of things. For example, the courage it takes and the benefits of taking unexpected opportunities. The importance of learning by watching and listening as well as being well prepared yourself so others will take you very seriously. The aforementioned imposter syndrome and how Ilana has tamed that beast. The different styles of leadership.  The enormous benefits of getting involved in not for profit organisations (see below for reference to Jarwun). The importance of compassion and empathy in business. I was also fascinated in what she's learnt from leaders such as David Gonski (who she succeeded as Chair of Coca Cola Amatil), Frank Lowy (with whom she sat on the board of Westfield) and John Bell (founder of Bell Shakespeare, the Board of which Ilana Chaired).Ilana has seen a huge change in corporate culture (which she acknowledges still needs a fair way to go). In fact, I'd venture to say she's been an integral part of that change in her 40 years of working life, the vast majority of which has been in senior and executive roles. Her advice on how we can achieve gender balance and level the playing field, will benefit everyone. Ilana refers to her work with Jawun - a place where corporate, government and philanthropic organisations come together with Indigenous people to affect real change. Have a look at their website. Fascinating reading. www.jawun.org.auVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/21/202235 minutes, 44 seconds
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Prof. Lyria Bennett Moses

Ep. 85  Professor Lyria Bennett MosesLyria is my first guest that is the daughter of a previous guest, Annabelle Bennett (ep. 37). And they are both....well, quite brilliant.Lyria is currently the Director of the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation she’s a Professor and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Law and Justice at UNSW Sydney. She herself graduated with a science law degree with honours in pure mathematics, did her Masters and Doctorate at Columbia University where her dissertation was on the impact of technological change on law. Her ongoing research continues to explore those issues. More specifically she has recently been working on legal and policy issues associated with the use of artificial intelligence. It's an area of law that requires an academic approach combined with a very practical one. The events and inventions you may need to apply a legal mind to....haven't occurred or been invented yet.  But it's that sort of situation that stimulates Lyria's mind. We broach a number of topics, including the work of another of my guests, artificial intelligence pioneer, Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell (ep. 58). And there's a lot of mutual respect there. It's a complex and fascinating area. Way out of my pay grade.Head to the link in the bio to hear Lyria's episode.  Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/7/202234 minutes, 6 seconds
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Senator Lidia Thorpe

Ep. 84      Senator Lidia ThorpeLidia Thorpe's sense of injustice is always close to the surface. Her first hand experiences inform her. Growing up, her dinner table conversations and education with the family matriarchs were also hugely influential. Her life experiences continue to play a big part in who she is today and what she fervently believes will be best for not only indigenous Australians, but all Australians. Senator Thorpe has faced plenty of hurdles in life. She grew up in poverty in housing commission flats in Collingwood Victoria. Left school at 14. Was a single mum at 17, survived domestic violence. Became bankrupt as a direct result of the domestic violence. Then...having worked in public policy, advocacy, small business, government, and NGO’s... in 2017, her career and life changed dramatically. She became the first aboriginal woman elected to Victorian parliament. Then, in September 2020, she became Victoria’s first Aboriginal Senator in the Federal Parliament and is now deputy leader of the Greens in the Senate.  Her views and methods can divide people but, all would agree, she cannot be ignored. So, as with all my guests, I thought the best place to start was to just listen.   Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/24/202231 minutes, 44 seconds
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Traci Houpapa MNZM

Ep. 83    Traci HoupapaTraci Houpapa is a company director and business advisor from New Zealand. But a simple scratching of the surface reveals a unique and inspiring story. Her early life influences could well have something to do with her Maori father who was very active in campaigns to return properties back into Maori management in the 1980s. As to her own career, she was advised to experience a wide range of occupations after high school before settling on a career... and that education was essential to her success. She sits on numerous Boards an Foundations.  She is, amongst many other things, chair of the Federation of Maori Authorities, a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors, an advisor to Maori, Government, public and private sector organisations and has an unwavering commitment to advancing the interests of indigenous women in New Zealand. In the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to business and Maori. In 2015, she won the Board and Management award at the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards. In 2016 she named as one of the BBC's 100 Most Influential Women in the World for that year. She has some great advice for life and career. And an optimism that we’re heading in the right direction on a number of fronts including gender bias and racism. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/10/202241 minutes, 53 seconds
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Natalie Walker

Ep 82   Natalie WalkerNatalie Walker is, amongst many other achievements, the inaugural CEO of two start-up businesses with huge agendas - Supply Nation and Inside Policy. She was Australia's representative on the G20's Women Business Leaders Taskforce. She’s held positions in human rights, indigenous affairs and human services in the government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. She is the Social Commissioner on the Greater Cities Commission, sat on the Indigenous Advisory groups for a range of corporations, including Telstra and the National Australia Bank and has current directorships with not-for-profit organisations the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Goodstart Early Learning and Life Without Barriers. She is also, most importantly, a proud Kuku Yalanji woman from the Daintree Rainforest. And she's fabulous. Very informed and informative.  To listen to Nat helps you understand. Even when you thought you already knew. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
7/27/202246 minutes, 57 seconds
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Professor Michelle Haber AM

Ep. 81  Professor Michelle Haber AM FAA FAHMSMichelle Haber has dedicated her entire professional life to improving clinical outcomes for children with cancer. She is one of this country’s leading researchers and has become the face of Australian childhood cancer research internationally. But she almost wasn't. In the late 1970’s she had one of many sliding door moments that changed the course of her career and has subsequently saved many lives around the globe. You see, Michelle had just completed her Honours in Clinical Psychology and, being inquisitive and curious, she walked into the nearby offices of the faculty of medicine at the University of New South Wales, Australia. There she happened to meet a Professor of Pathology who helped change everything. She wanted to do research to make a difference. The professor recommended she do a PhD around the topic of the chemical causes of cancer. So, she did. In 1984 she became the inaugural staff scientist at what is now known as the Children’s Cancer Institute and eventually became Executive Director of that Institute in 2003. The results of her research are astonishing. Amongst many examples, an 11 month old girl had a tumour the size of a football in her stomach. While on life support some ‘precision medicine’ resulting from advances in genomic sequencing, and international co-operation finding the right medicine in the US meant this child was off life support in 4 weeks and out of ICU 2 weeks later. And recently celebrated her 5th birthday. But Professor Haber is not quite happy with just that. She wants to eradicate children’s cancers altogether. I wouldn’t bet against her either. To hear Michelle’s extraordinary story, head to the podcast link in my bio.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
7/13/202241 minutes, 45 seconds
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Professor Bronwyn Fox

Ep. 80   Professor Bronwyn FoxProfessor Bronwyn Fox has come a long way since blowing things up in her back yard with her brother. Mind you that curiosity and practical application of their ideas was probably quite informative, because from there she would go on to become the Chief Scientist of Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO. She’s been described by CSIRO’s Chief Executive as ‘driven to deliver, brilliant but humble, leading by listening and a generous collaborator’. What a great description, don't you reckon? 'Leading by listening'. We explore that as well as a multitude of other things vital to a fulfilling career. Finding mentors, taking opportunities, the importance of creativity and diversity, empathy and real world applications of all those things. I also found fascinating her take on future proofing a career in an ever changing and unpredictable world. I reckon that's worth the price of admission alone (don't worry - it's still free). And then there's the chief scientist's enormous admiration and utilisation of 60,000 years of indigenous knowledge and what it can teach scientists. Professor Fox is motivated by making a difference in other people's lives. And she has. Have a listen to her episode and find out how. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
6/29/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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Gemma Sisia AM

Gemma Sisia has earned a global reputation through building one of the top performing schools in Tanzania, East Africa. And she built it, literally, from scratch. Well, that’s not quite true - a friend had donated $10 to the cause. Can you imagine the challenges?All this is a long way from the sheep farm she grew up on in northern New South Wales, Australia, where education, hard work as well as plenty of fun, were considered essential. After gaining her tertiary qualifications, like a lot of people, she set off to Africa and also like most people, she fell in love with the place. Her greatest desire was to try and do something to help the poor. But unlike most people, actually, let’s face it, unlike nearly all people, she did do something to help the poor. And twenty years later, she’s still helping them. Gemma's work continues to leave such an indelible mark that, in 2007 she was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal, her story has featured not once, but twice on ABC TV’s Australia Story as well as 60 Minutes. The School of St Jude, in Tanzania, provides a free, high-quality education to nearly 2000 of the poorest and brightest students in that region. And it’s not just the children that benefit. St Jude puts back around $7M US into the local economy supporting builders, farmers, mechanics, teachers, school staff etc. The school is celebrating its 20th year this year….and its first group of doctors that have now graduated from university (one with the University Medal) all of whom started with St Jude when it first opened its doors.90% of it is really really hard work. But she wouldn’t change a thing. And a lot of people are very grateful for that.Head to their website www.schoolofstjude.org to see how you may be able to help this remarkable woman. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
6/15/202233 minutes, 24 seconds
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Dr Anne Summers AO

Episode 78 Dr Anne Summers AODr Anne Summers AO is a pioneering Australian feminist, a best-selling author and journalist with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe, and the United States.  It would not be a stretch to say her first book, published in 1975,Damned Whores and God's Police, changed the way Australia viewed women.  Her career is almost the ultimate example of taking opportunities as they present themselves, even if they’re outside your comfort zone. Consider a few things she undertook with little or no previous experience....moving to Canberra to become bureau chief for the Australian Financial Review, working in politics as an adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke and later Prime Minister Paul Keating. Moving to New York to become editor in chief of the iconic feminist magazine Ms. And, when a young Warwick Fairfax decided the magazine businesses of his media empire should be sold, Anne with her business partner, undertook for only the second time in U.S. corporate history, an all-female management buyout of the magazine. And then there’s the first ever post prime ministerial interview with Julia Gillard - at a sold out Opera House in Sydney if you don’t mind. The rock star reception for both Anne and Julia on the night was not only unforeseen but unprecedented for a political interview.  And there’s more to come in her career.  Indefatigable, unrelenting, dogged, outspoken, fearless and driven by injustice (it seems to me anyway)...with a wicked sense of humour. It was a fabulous opportunity for me to have this conversation with Anne Summers. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.    Her books, Damned Whores and God’s Police and her memoir, Unfettered and Alive are available at Booktopia.com.au  Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
6/1/202249 minutes, 29 seconds
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Roma Torre

Ep. 77  Roma TorreRoma Torre is a 2 time Emmy Award winning TV journalist and theater critic. She is best known for her time at New York City’s first 24 hour local news station, the much loved and revered cable news channel NY1, where she was a lead news presenter for over 28 years. She’s had an amazing career. She has received over 30 broadcasting awards including those 2 aforementioned Emmy’s, the most recent in 2019, which would obviously justify feeling like she was in the prime of her career. But just as NY1 (the cable news channel) was taken over by a new owner (whose focus to that point was as a broadband supplier), things seemed to be inexplicably unravelling for her and 4 other senior female journalists at NY1. They were replaced. All of them. At the same time. Over 100 years of journalistic experience that the new owner must have thought was superfluous, or outdated, or lacking in skill, or....something. Roma, of course, can't comment on it because of legal restrictions - but there is a lot of public information on this out there that I could comment on. It certainly intrigued me. The fact that Roma had won her second Emmy award just months earlier intrigued me. The fact that the incoming female anchors looked - to me - eerily similar to the outgoing anchors but for one interesting fact, intrigued me. The fact that they are not allowed to say anything about this for fear of legal reprisals, intrigued me. There are similarities to the conversation I had with journalist Gretchen Carlson not so long ago. But it seems things may be changing.  We had a really interesting conversation about journalism and democracy in today's social media obsessed world. We spoke about her amazing mother, also a journalist, who owns a unique piece of journalistic history. And her love of theater - first as an actor and then as a fan and eventually, a theater critic. She's - rightfully - proud of the stance she took. Her mother did the same thing. An imposing combination. Have a listen. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
5/18/202248 minutes, 19 seconds
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Robin White

Ep. 76   Robin WhiteRobin White started her career as an operations manager in the rail industry. As a result of being discriminated against and denied promotion, she reassessed.... everything. You see, Robin was blocked for any promotion because she is transgender. Could be front office management or transgender. Couldn’t be both.After much soul searching and introspection, she decided to pivot and reinvent herself (although ‘reinventing’ probably short-changes what she had to do). Robin ‘reinvented’ herself as an employment and discrimination barrister. In fact, in 2011, she became the first barrister in practise to transition from male to female at the discrimination Bar. She is, without doubt, a pioneer. There’s a lot of noise out there at the moment about transgender women. It didn’t appear to me that there was enough of a voice that could discuss this from a transgender perspective. I’m sure there was a lot…I just wasn’t hearing it. Anyway, I thought it might be a good thing to have a conversation with an intelligent, informed, funny woman who is transgender and, as it turns out, is an attorney who specialises in the rights of transgender women and men. Probably the sort of voice worth listening to don’t you reckon?Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
5/4/202241 minutes, 58 seconds
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Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM

Ep. 75   Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AMRosalind Croucher is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. She's been pretty busy these last couple of years.It's a fascinating career and one which emphasises the importance of taking opportunities as they present themselves. Even when you are having doubts. We talk about the anatomy of a career move (or several big ones in her case), her thoughts on leadership and how to progress yourself towards that, should that be your goal. The importance of not getting bogged down by mistakes but, instead, embracing what she calls the 'foetal 48 hours' (you'll have to listen).Perhaps most importantly, we talk about the Australian Human Rights Commission - I don't think I knew there were seven separate divisions within the Commission and each has its own President and Rosalind is the overarching President of all divisions! The last two years have proved particularly challenging given the impact of covid restrictions on human rights generally. It's a fascinating insight. And, unexpectedly, we touched on the delights of Telemann's flute and recorder concertos and Rosalind's side gig as a concert musician. And, I must admit, the idea of a recorder concerto tended to make me flinch slightly...but no more! As with everything, education is the key to understanding. www.humanrights.gov.auExcerpt is from George Philip Telemann's Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E Minor, TWV 52:e1:IV. Presto   Gunther Holler, Konrad Hunteler, Cappella Coloniensis, Georg FischerVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
4/20/202241 minutes, 45 seconds
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Tzipi Livni

Ep. 74 Tzipi LivniEx Mossad, former Israeli Foreign Minister, Minister of Justice and chief negotiator of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. An incredible journey. Tzipi Livni has been widely considered the most powerful woman in Israel since Golda Meir. She served in the Israeli Defence Force and, in 1980, joined Mossad - the national intelligence agency of Israel. After she resigned from that she continued her law studies, and then practiced for 10 years before entering politics in 1996. She achieved a number of milestones in Israeli government. She was the second woman in Israel’s history to become Foreign Minister (after Golda Meir who went on to become PM), she was the first female vice prime minister, justice minister, agriculture minister and housing minister. In 2011 she was named one of ‘150 women who shake the world’ by Newsweek. Forbes magazine ranked her on its list of ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ three years in a row from 2006-2008 and Time Magazine included her in its 2007, ‘Time 100 Most Influential People in the World’.Head to the link in my bio above, or copy and paste below…https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849?i=1000556453751Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
4/6/202234 minutes, 28 seconds
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Belinda Hutchinson AC FRSN

Episode 73  Belinda Hutchinson AC FRSNBelinda Hutchinson has become one of the most sought-after directors among private companies, public sector and not for profit organisations, in Australia. She is Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Chairman of Thales Australia, a Director of Australian Philanthropic Services, Qantas Airways Limited, a member of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board and a Trustee of the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation.  Belinda was previously Chairman of QBE Insurance Group, Chairman of Future Generation Global Investment Company and a Director of Telstra Corporation, Coles Myer, Crane Group, Energy Australia, TAB, Snowy Hydro Trading and Sydney Water.  Her executive career included her role as an Executive Director of Macquarie Group, a Vice President of Citibank, and a senior manager at Andersen Consulting.  She has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Belinda is a past President of the State Library of New South Wales and Chief Executive Women of which she is still a member.In the 2020 Queen’s birthday honours she was elevated to the highest honour, a Companion of the Order of Australia for "eminent service to business, to tertiary education and scientific research, and through philanthropic endeavours to address social disadvantage”She is one of this country’s most experienced directors, and has some brilliant advice and a truckload of wisdom for those at any stage of their journey. Something for everyone here.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
3/23/202236 minutes, 5 seconds
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Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE FRCP (Hon)

Ep. 72 Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE FRCP (Hon)Baroness Susan Greenfield is, by any standards, quite an extraordinary woman. An English scientist, writer, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords, she has held research fellowships in the Department of Physiology Oxford, the College de France Paris, and NYU Medical Center New York. She has been awarded 32 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities.  From 1998- 2010 she served as Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.  She is known for her role in popularising science through her many public lectures and appearances on radio and television as well as her many published papers and several books about the brain, including the British best seller – The Human Brain: A Guided Tour. She is now CEO of an incredible biotech company (www.neuro-bio.com) which she founded in 2013 to develop a disruptive approach to Alzheimer’s disease based on her research exploring novel brain mechanisms linked to neurodegeneration. She’s regularly listed as one of the most influential women in Britain. And she’s a lot of fun.  As she closes in on an early detection system and potential cure for Alzheimer’s disease, she’s promised, when it does happen, to join me in dancing in the streets to mark the occasion. I’ve alerted her already that I’m limbering up. We all hope it’s sooner rather than later. The little I know of Lady Greenfield makes me realise that she will be relentless in making it happen.  Head to the link in my bio to listen to this episode.  www.susangreenfield.comwww.neuro-bio.com  Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
3/2/202238 minutes, 2 seconds
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Dame Elizabeth Anionwu DBE FRCN

Ep. 71 Dame Elizabeth Anionwu DBE FRCN   - Really Interesting Women podcastDame Elizabeth Anionwu’s amazing career and life had as its foundation, very humble beginnings.   A tough childhood in the 1940’s and 1950’s was marked by the stigma of illegitimacy and racism. Despite all this, it was the kindness of one particular nun at a children’s home when she was a very young child that resonated so much with her that, even at that age, it would stay with her forever and eventually lead to her life’s work. Dame Elizabeth spent 40 years in the nursing profession in the UK and has been named one of the most influential nurses in the 70-year history of the National Health Scheme.Back In 1979, she became the United Kingdom's first sickle cell and thalassaemia nurse specialist, helping establish the Brent Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Counselling centre. There are now 30 such centres in the UK. In 1998, by then a professor of nursing, she created the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice at the University of West London where she is Emeritus Professor of Nursing, she holds a PhD, was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).  But despite all this....as someone who never had a black role model until she met her father late in life...I would venture to guess that Dame Elizabeth Anionwu is most proud of being an inspiration and role model to her granddaughter. Head to my dedicated Really Interesting Women Instagram account:@richardinstagraham, to see some fabulous photos capturing part of Dame Elizabeth’s journey.  Dame Elizabeth’s  book Dreams From My Motherhttps://www.booktopia.com.au/dreams-from-my-mother-dame-elizabeth-anionwu/book/9781841885223.html)  Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/16/202244 minutes, 36 seconds
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Gretchen Carlson

Ep. 70 Gretchen Carlson - Really Interesting Women podcastGretchen Carlson has been on a journey. From child prodigy on the violin, to becoming Miss America to Stanford and Oxford, to also becoming one of America's most successful journalists.An astonishing career fall of incredible highs, debilitating lows and through it all, the common factors? Her incredible strength, resilience and determination. Such is her global impact, she has been portrayed in a hugely successful TV series and movie by Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman (respectively).This is an important conversation and I'm honoured to have been involved. www.gretchencarlson.comwww.liftourvoices.orgBooks:Be FierceGetting RealBoth of which have links on Gretchen's website above.Instagram Images: 1. GS via Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/Stockland Martel2. GS with Naomi Watts via Jamie McCarthy/Getty3. Left GS via Bryan Ansolm/Redux. Right Roger Ailes via Evan Agostini/Invision/AP4. GS via Rozette Rago/New York Times #Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #gretchencarlson #metoo #befierce #endforcedarbitration #endNDAs #womenempowerment #femaleentrepreneur #womensupportingwomen #womeninbusiness #womeninspiringwomen #femaleempowerment #peopletv#getthenewswithgretchen #goodnewswithgretchen #journalist #powerfulwoman #liftourvoices #womenpower #speakup #speakupspeakout #inspirationalwomen #inspiringwomen #theloudestvoice #naomiwatts #nicolekidman @gretchencarlson@richardinstagraham@naomiwatts@nicolekidman@peopletv@liftourvoicesVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/2/202236 minutes, 8 seconds
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Amy Richards

Ep. 69 Amy Richards - Really Interesting Women podcastAmy Richards describes herself as an author, producer and organizer. But those generic terms hardly describe her enormous global influences on modern feminist thinking.  In fact, she is the president of Soapbox, Inc., the world’s largest feminist speakers’ bureau, and the affiliated Soapbox Foundation, creators of Feminist Camp. She co-founded and spent several years leading the Third Wave Foundation now known as the Third Wave Fund, a national organization for young feminist activists which promotes gender justice and is a movement to end patriarchy, transphobia, homophobia, and misogyny. She was a producer of the Emmy nominated TV series, Woman, an executive producer on the movie The Glorias starring Julianne Moore, a consulting producer on the HBO documentary Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words and an advisor to PBS documentary on the women’s movement in America, MAKERS: Women Making America. She is most popularly known as the co-author (with Jennifer Baumgardner) of her book Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism & the Future which just issued a 20th anniversary edition. Put simply, she’s a leading global voice for contemporary feminist issues.#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #amyrichards #soapboxinc #thirdwavefund #gloriasteinem #theglorias #feminism #patriarchy #genderequality  #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #feministcamp #manifesta #thridwave #metoo #extraordinarywomen #womensequality #generationwomen #womensleadershipImage via Soapbox, Inc. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
1/19/202246 minutes, 57 seconds
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Dr Patrice Newell AM

Ep. 68 Dr Patrice Newell AMPatrice Newell has been a model, newsreader, host of morning TV and then, in the late 80’s left all that and became a renowned sustainable land manager and writer/researcher who dedicated herself to developing and communicating improved agricultural systems and innovations in an era of rapid climate change. And, as if that wasn’t enough, she’s now undertaking a new and very exciting venture developing an app for launch next year that we will discuss in more detail on this show.She is an advocate for sustainable agriculture which she talks about in her books The Olive Grove, The River, Ten Thousand Acres – A Love Story, Tree to Table: Cooking with Australian Olive Oil and Who’s Minding the Farm? In this Climate Emergency, released via Penguin Random House in June 2019.She is a founding member and president of the Hunter Olive Association.She was the subject of the ABC-Television biography program, Australian Story.In 2015, Patrice earned a doctorate at the University of Newcastle in Environmental Science: A strategic assessment of the potential for a new pyrolysis industry in the Hunter Valley, And is a regular speaker and advocate for climate change within the agriculture sector.As of 2021, she is an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at University of Newcastle.In the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours Patrice was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for "significant service to the environment, and to sustainable farming practices”.www.patricenewell.com.auHer books can be found on that website. #Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #patricenewell #organic #organicgarlic #oliveoil #kwala #biodynamicagriculture #womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #womenintheworld #extraordinarywomen #womensequality #generationwomen #womensleadership @richardinstagraham @patricenewellgarlicfarm Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
12/15/202141 minutes, 2 seconds
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Stephanie Alexander AO

Ep. 67 Stephanie Alexander AOStephanie Alexander is a food pioneer having been an enormous influence on our food culture since the 1960’s. She’s been a restaurant owner/chef for 30 years and has written 19 books (19 books!) and many, many articles. Her fifth book, The Cook’s Companion has been described by Nigella Lawson as one of her most prized and consulted cookbooks and she went on to say, ‘if I could have only one cookbook for the rest of my life, it would have to be this one.’ I don't think you can get higher praise. From my perspective, The Cook's Companion is like Neil Diamond’s album, Hot August Night – every home has a copy and that says it all. She has just released her 19th book, ‘Home’, and, I can speak from personal experience  in saying, it's a cracker. Stephanie's work in the design and establishment of schools based learning programs promoting improved food and eating choices for children, she thinks of as her most important work and it in fact earned her an appointment as on Officer of the Order of Australia. She tells me this may well be the last cookbook she writes. I don't believe it. Her energy and enthusiasm and love of life will not allow her to put her feet up - as I foolishly suggested. Head to the link in my bio to listen to this national treasure.The link to Stephanie's books, including the latest, 'Home':https://www.stephaniealexander.com.au/books/#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #stephaniealexander #home #thecookscompanion #australianchef #nationaltreasure #womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #womenintheworld #extraordinarywomen #womensequality #generationwomen #womensleadershipVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
12/8/202134 minutes, 45 seconds
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Fleur McDonald

Ep. 66 Fleur McDonaldAnother extraordinary woman.  Fleur is often referred to as ‘the voice of the outback’. She is this country’s leading rural literature author and has drawn inspiration from having lived and worked for much of her life on a farm. But, like nearly all the women I’ve spoken to for this show, you only need to lightly scratch the surface to see the almost unimaginable obstacles that she has had to overcome to achieve this success. She has written 19 novels and 2 children’s books and has sold over 650,000 copies. She is constantly championing the voice of Australia’s rural women and celebrating their contribution to agribusiness. Even then, in my opinion, those achievements only sit alongside and don’t overshadow her other achievements. Head to the link in my bio to hear her extraordinary story.Her latest novel is Deception Creek and this and all her other novels can be found and purchased here:https://www.fleurmcdonald.com/novels/#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #fleurmcdonald #deceptioncreek #femaleauthors #australianauthors #authors #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #authorslife #womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #womenintheworld #unwomen #extraordinarywomen #womensequality #generationwomen #womensleadershipWarning: this episode makes reference to domestic violence. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
12/1/202140 minutes, 44 seconds
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Marilyn Darling AC

Ep. 65 Marilyn Darling ACMarilyn Darling AC, is best known as an Australian philanthropist and patron of the arts. With her husband, Gordon Darling, she instigated and has provided ongoing funding to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, ACT. She instigated it! We didn’t have one before that! She was one of the very few women who studied science at the University of Queensland in the early 60’s before working in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Melbourne in the mid-1960s and undertaking postgraduate study in the Medical School of Monash University from 1973 to 1978. She worked successfully as a scientist, but it was her work for not for profit and charitable organisations over the ensuing 40+ years for which she became best known. So much so that she was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 "for service to Australian society through the arts". In the 2009 Australia Day Honours, she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for "service to the development, advancement and growth of visual arts in Australia and internationally.www.portrait.gov.au#PortraitAU #NPG #NPGLondon #Portrait #PortraitGallery #Art #FineArt #NationalPortraitGallery#portraitau #PortraitInspiration #ArtEveryday #PortraitPhotography #AustralianPhotography #AustralianArt #AustralianArtist #AustralianMusic #AusMusic #SingerSongwriter #NickCave #NickCaveAndTheBadSeeds#genderequality #womensrights #humanrights #equalrights #equality  #women #girls #generationequality #womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #womenintheworld #extraordinarywomen #womensequalityVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/24/202134 minutes, 4 seconds
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Simone Clarke

Ep. 64    Simone ClarkeSimone Clarke is the CEO of UN Women Australia.She has over 25 years’ experience working in Executive Leadership roles for the United Nations, International NGO's, Community Service Organisations and the private sector in Australia, the USA and Asia Pacific. Fair to say she’s a global not-for-profit and sustainability executive and has a particular focus on empowering women and children and that is emphasised by her role as CEO of UN Women Australia. In fact it seems that all roads thus far travelled by Simone, have been leading to this role. She has a wealth of experience and advice for young women in particular on empowerment, equality, equal  opportunity and equal participation. She's a hands on leader who walks the walk....although, as I found out, she doesn't dance the TikTok dance that UN Women Australia created and found it going viral.  Don't blame her really - leave that to the younger ones. To donate to this important organisation, head to their website:www.unwomen.org.au#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #empowermoves #peace #genderequality #womensrights #humanrights #equalrights #equality #womensempowerment #feminist #feminism #intersectionalfeminism #women #girls #unwomen #unwomenaust #generationequality #genderroles #genderequality #womensrights #humanrights #equalrights #equality # #women #girls #unwomen #unwomenaust #generationequality #womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/17/202146 minutes, 17 seconds
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Pauline Nguyen

Ep. 63 Pauline NguyenPauline Nguyen's story is a remarkable tale and commences from a very early age as one of survival.  She shows an extraordinary resilience as well as forgiveness....in situations where both qualities probably would have evaded a lesser person. After escaping Vietnam with her family after the war and living for a year in a refugee camp, Pauline's early years were tough. Her father suffered from PTSD and, as a direct result, she  suffered tremendous physical and emotional abuse until she was a young woman.Succumbing to the continuing violence, she ran away. She knew the importance of hard work and resilience and resolve....and that would eventually lead her to co-founding, owning and running Red Lantern, the world's most awarded Vietnamese restaurant with her celebrity chef brother, Luke Nguyen. Twenty plus years later - it's still going strong. On top of this, Pauline is an award winning author and one of this country's most sought after development coaches and a leading entrepreneur and international key note speaker. An extraordinary story really. TW: this episode contains references to domestic and family violence.#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #Paulinenguyen #redlantern #redlanterngroup #refugee camp #ptsd #vietnamwar #personaldevelopment #resolve #womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #womenintheworld #unwomen #extraordinarywomen #womensequality #generationwomen #womensleadership Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/10/202142 minutes, 45 seconds
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Jodi Geddes

Ep. 62 Jodi GeddesJodi Geddes and her co-founder, Kate Pollard had both led very successful careers – but after deciding to start families, they experienced first-hand how isolating and career-slowing becoming a parent could be if an organization was not properly equipped. Realizing that there were millions of other parents and caregivers in the same boat, who were having their career momentum stunted. They knew something needed to be done. And they did it. As their idea took root and grew, they were inundated with messages from parents and caregivers who were struggling. The idea was to help keep team members engaged, connected and supported even when they are apart. And the benefits to both employees and employers was enormous. As the seemingly limited talent pool of employees becomes more sought after, millenials look for employers that are empathetic, understanding and flexible. It benefits everyone if they are. Circle In may be the answer. www.circlein.com#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #jodigeddes #circlein #womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #womenintheworld #unwomen #extraordinarywomen #womensequality #generationwomen #womensleadership #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/3/202129 minutes, 35 seconds
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Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM PhD

Ep. 61 Prof. Lisa Jackson Pulver AM PhDAn extraordinary story from an extraordinary woman.That this story played out at all is remarkable. Having run away from home as a 14 year old with her father, suffering from PTSD, firing shots in her direction with his shotgun, Lisa had to carve out a life in Kings Cross and other areas disguising herself as a boy so as not to be hassled. The kindness of strangers and the ability to understand and follow their wisdom, led to a career in nursing, and then medicine which became too much when she had to look after two young relatives who were being threatened with institutional care unless she took them in. So she took another avenue after again hearing words of wisdom. Now....Lisa is a Jewish Aboriginal Australian epidemiologist and researcher in the area of Aboriginal health who has been Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Sydney since October 2018.She's a storyteller, teller of yarns and - I don't think she'd be offended if I described her as... a bloody good talker. I mean that in the nicest way!We covered a broad range of topics. And believe me, she has a broad range to cover. Just as an example, one of her projects, she co-founded recently, the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program, has enabled over 60 indigenous students to receive a residential college scholarship for health related degrees at the University of New South Wales. Today, she and her team have developed a set of residential Gadigal Scholarships in a pilot program designed to provide full time supported residential accommodation at four other universities' colleges. Have a listen. Be inspired.#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #Lisajacksonpulver #universityofsydney #ulurustatement #apologyday #indigenous #indigenousx #abcindigenous #indigenouswomen #indigenousrights #indigenouspride #indigenousspirituality #jewishpride #indigenousculture #womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #womenintheworld #unwomen #extraordinarywomen #womensequality #generationwomen #womensleadership @indigenous @indigenousx @abcindigenous @indigenous_gov @richardinstagraham @jahna_ips @lindaburneympTrigger Warning: this episode contains references to domestic violenceVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/27/202158 minutes, 15 seconds
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Robynne Murphy

Ep. 60 Robynne MurphyLink to episode…https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849?i=1000539205221Forty years ago, director Robynne Murphy, one of the leaders of Wollongong’s 1980-1994 Jobs for Women Campaign, joined hundreds of migrant/working class women to take  on  Australia’s most powerful  company BHP – and initially they seemed to have won. But when the 1983 steel slump devastated the city’s economy,  the women  were forced  into the courtroom and onto the streets to face a prolonged battle for equality.Her film, Women of Steel, documents this journey....from an insiders perspective. An extraordinary tale of strength, endurance, and resilience. The case went all the way to the High Court and was the first class action this country had seen. It offers inspiration to those who seek justice and equality against seemingly impossible odds today.#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #robynnemurphy  #womenofsteel #steelworkers #sexualdiscrimination #filmmaker #director #BHP #socialjustice #womensmovement #womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #womenintheworld #unwomen #extraordinarywomen #womensequality #generationwomen #womensleadership Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/20/202145 minutes, 4 seconds
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Charlotte Wood AM

Ep. 59   Charlotte Wood AMCharlotte Wood is one of Australia's best and most successful authors. She’s the author of six novels and three books of non fiction. Her last fictional work, The Weekend, was the ABIA Literary Fiction book of the Year 2020 and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. The previous novel, The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize, the Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year and was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her latest book is the newly released non-fiction work, The Luminous Solution. Her features and essays have appeared in the NY Times, The Guardian, Literary Hub and The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2019 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to literature.Our conversation was as fabulous and far ranging as the topics of her books.www.charlottewood.com.aulink to her new book, The Luminous Solution: https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/biography-autobiography/The-Luminous-Solution-Charlotte-Wood-9781760879235Her other books can be found on the 'Books' drop down menu here:https://www.charlottewood.com.au/#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #charlottewood  #thenaturalwayofthings #feministdystopia #theweekend #ageing #theluminoussolution #allenandunwin #femaleauthors #australianauthors #authors #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #authorslife #feminist #dystopia#womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #womenintheworld #unwomen #extraordinarywomen #womensequality #generationwomen #womensleadership Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/13/202143 minutes, 2 seconds
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Dist. Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE FAHA

Ep. 58 Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE FAHAThis was one of the most interesting conversations I've had. And that's saying something. Genevieve's background is technical and almost overwhelming....but don't do what I did and shake your head and go, 'I'm not going to understand a single word of this,' because we break things down and build them back up again. And it's fascinating.Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, AO FAHA FTSE is the Director of the School of Cybernetics and 3A institute (3Ai) at the Australian National University, and a Vice President and a Senior Fellow in the advance research and development labs at Intel Corporation.Genevieve holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University and is a renowned anthropologist, technologist, and futurist, having spent more than two decades in Silicon Valley helping guide Intel's product development and social science and design research capabilities. She is best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development and for being an important voice in the global debates around artificial intelligence and human society.In 2017, Genevieve returned to Australia and established the 3A Institute at the Australian National University in collaboration with CSIRO's Data61, with the mission of building a new branch of engineering to safely, sustainably and responsibly scale AI-enabled cyber-physical systems. In 2021, she was appointed Director of the new School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University.So....just to reiterate, amongst other things she BUILT A NEW BRANCH OF ENGINEERING!!!But we also talk about trivia, cricket, we get a tip on the best sci fi book if you had to read only one, and we spoke of her obsession with lifts. It's an AI thing. Have a listen.====================================GB refers to the sci fi author Ursula K. Le Guin#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #genevievebell #ANU #intel #siliconvalley #3ainstitute #artificialintelligence #AI #cybernetics #criticalthinking #womensagenda #futurewomen #profoundwomen #womenofinfluence #womenofimpact #womenintheworld #unwomen #extraordinarywomen #womensequality #generationwomen #womensleadership #wlasocial #huffpostwomen #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/6/202145 minutes, 21 seconds
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Christine Bryden AM, PSM, PhD, MBA, BSc(Hons)

Ep. 57   Christine Bryden AM, PSM, PhD, MBA, BSc(Hons)In 1995 at the age of 46, Christine Bryden was told by doctors that she had early onset dementia and that she should get her end of life affairs in order. In other words....nuthin' we can do, best get yourself off to a home while you still can. She refused to do that. There was no one....absolutely no one advocating for dementia sufferers at the time. So she decided to do something about it. 26 years, 5 books, countless speeches, meetings and overseas advocacy trips later, she's still going strong. And making a big difference. She's defying medical evidence.Her advocacy struck a chord in Japan. Dementia was a huge issue in that country and when she spoke about it - no one had ever seen a dementia patient talking in public. Her first televised interview there drew an audience of 10 million people. It started a chain of events that now has Japan as the gold standard in this area. Australia lags a long way behind. We lack empathy and understanding.Christine is amazing. She wrote me this note after our interview and I show it not for lack of modesty, but for lack of attention even interviewers have on the subject. Given how big the problem is (over 50 million patients worldwide) the lack of response and respect shown is outrageous. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hi Richard Thank you for a well-informed interview this morning. In all my 26 years of public advocacy, you were the best prepared!  You had done much research and asked meaningful and succinct questions. Thank you, and I hope that together with Kate’s podcast (Kate Swaffer), it adds to resources that can encourage those being diagnosed now and into the future. Christine-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Christine has some tips for talking and dealing with people who have alzheimers and/or dementia and also what to do if you've been recently diagnosed. Links to her books are below.https://christinebryden.com/#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #christinebryden #dementiaadvocate #resilience #determination #alzheimers #dementia #overcomingstigma #hiddenillness #nothingaboutuswithoutus#richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/29/202130 minutes, 33 seconds
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Vika & Linda Bull

Ep. 56  Vika & Linda BullVika and Linda Bull are this country's best singing duo. They have sung with the best there is and have had songs written for them by everyone it seems. They have been performing professionally for 35 years. Which is extraordinary in a business which is known for its carnivorous nature (my words not theirs). The secret to their longevity? They reckon it's because they were never interested in being cool. Just singing and harmonising and putting everything they had into it and loving every moment. And that comes across when you hear them. They have just released their new album, The Wait. It's amazing. Go and get it. It's a great chat. Very honest, open and fun. They're also touring the country later this year. The relevant links are below. www.vikaandlindabull.comhttps://smarturl.it/VikaLindaTheWait#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #vikaandlinda #thebullsisters #thewait #paulkelly #archieroach ig         @vikaandlinda @richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/22/202139 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Governor of Victoria - The Hon. Linda Dessau AC

Ep. 55 - The Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau, ACOn 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC was sworn in as Victoria’s 29th Governor, the first female in the role. She worked as a solicitor and barrister for a number of years before taking her first judicial appointment as a Magistrate in 1986. In 1995 she was appointed a Judge of the Family Court of Australia where she served for 18 years. But it's the Governors work outside the law that was just as fascinating to me. Social issues have always been a the heart of her work and that was heavily influenced by the fact that her father escaped the persecution of the Jews in Poland in 1929 and his gratitude to Australia in taking him in and his insistence that his family always look to give back as a result, is obvious when you listen to the Governor speak. She has been engaged in many community organisations including as President of the Melbourne Festival, a Commissioner of the Australian Football League, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria and was a founding Chair of the Essendon Football Club Women's Network. And yes, for those who've heard me mention it previously, we did have a few words on her choice of AFLW team to support. We'll sort that out later I think. Very down to earth, authentic and, what I found really heartening, was her response to my question about whether, given the lofty heights she's attained, she had ever had to overcome doubts in her own ability to achieve something. Her answer should be studied by everyone who's ever felt a level of anxiety or doubt - and, according to the Governor, that would include herself and every world leader she's ever met. And that's a lot of world leaders. Always curious. Always learning. Always listening. A pretty good role model I reckon.  I learnt a lot - I mean, it's not important or even worthy of bringing to everyone's attention....but who knew there was an 'r' in the middle of 'Governor'? Be curious. #Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #GovernorofVictoria #vicgovernor #earlypathtaken #workhard #community #apolitical #curiousmind #gwsgiants #essendonbombers #preferGWSthough@richardinstagraham @vicgovernor www.governor.vic.gov.auVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/15/202144 minutes, 40 seconds
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Margaret McMurdo AC

Ep. 54 The Hon. Margaret McMurdo ACMargaret McMurdo is a true pioneer. She was the first woman to be appointed as a judge of the District Court in Queensland, the first woman in Australia appointed to lead an appellate court (appointed as president of the Queensland Court of Appeal) and all this as she and her husband raised four children. They had to rewrite the rules for her. They weren't contemplating a female judge so legislation had to be quickly amended. In the 90's. The 1990's!Her advise for young women (and men) is timeless and essential listening.Her passion for social justice has permeated her career. She co-founded the Women Lawyer’s Association amongst others, and she is patron of Women’s Legal Service, Caxton Legal Service and LawRight’s Civil Justice Fund. In 2017, she was appointed chair of the Board of Governors of Queensland Community Foundation, the state’s largest public perpetual charitable trust. She’s chair of the board of Legal Aid Qld as well as having Chaired the Victorian Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informers...otherwise known as the Lawyer X Royal Commission and since March 2021 has been chairing Queensland’s Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce. And we can only hope that the Qld Attorney General and Premier will adopt all of OM's (Our Margaret's) recommendations.She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and in 2007 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. An extraordinary career that paved the way for many, many others to follow.Margaret Chairs the Qld Community Foundation and to read and donate to their extraordinary efforts go to:www.qcf.org.auVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/8/202139 minutes, 18 seconds
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Kirstie Clements

Ep. 53   Kirstie ClementsKirstie Clements was the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia for 13 years. Her career at Vogue was nearly 30 years. It didn't end as she expected but I reckon she's all the better for it. She's rubbed shoulders with Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue, Ian Thorpe, Crown Princess Mary, Cate Blanchett, amongst many others. But you wouldn't know it to chat to her. Very down to earth. Very grounded. Very.......well, normal.Born and raised in the Sutherland Shire (think Puberty Blues), she discovered punk rock at an early age, moved to Kings Cross to live and it went from there. Well, there were a few steps in between but you get the drift. She's now a very successful author, editor, journalist and speaker. And a lot of fun. And I got some well needed fashion tips. So, all good!!Great advice on how to recover from life's inevitable hurdles and what are the qualities that can lead to a happy and fulfilled life. What more could you want! I'm sure you'll enjoy it. About the guestwww.kirstieclements.com.auLinkedInTwitter @KirstieClementsInstagram @kirstie_clementsbeyond.impressiveKirstie Clements Official Facebook Page Her books:Impressive: How to Have a Stylish CareerThe Vogue FactorTongue in ChicIn Vogue: 50 Years of Australian StyleThe Australian Women's Weekly: The First 50 YearsFollow the link to her website to purchase.....https://www.kirstieclements.com.au/booksHer new book: Why Did I Buy That? - out soonVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/1/202142 minutes, 30 seconds
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Shelley Cable

Ep. 52   Shelley CableShelley Cable is a Wilman-Nyoongar woman from Perth and the CEO of Generation One, part of the $2Billion Minderoo Foundation established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest.Her goal is  is to create parity with and for Indigenous Australians, within one generation through meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities. It's been described as an audacious, challenging, and at times overwhelming goal, but, as she says, ' we strive for it because allowing this disparity to continue is not an option.'As a young woman she was invited to attend the United Nations and present to the UN's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She was a delegate to the Uluru Convention on Constitutional Reform which resulted in the Uluru Statement of the Heart.Shelley Cable is passionate about Indigenous business, economic empowerment and financial inclusion and has been widely recognised for her leadership. With Generation One, she has the opportunity to make a real difference. I have no doubt she will.www.minderoo.orgVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/25/202134 minutes, 33 seconds
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Bronte Campbell OAM (Part 2 - 12 months on)

Ep. 51 Bronte Campbell OAM (Part 2)Bronte Campbell is an Australian champion. Swimmer and person.  Olympic Gold and World Records in consecutive Games. She was good enough to give some more time to RIW so we could catch up and see how everything is going. In quarantine!! She's been doing her pottery and, I imagine, glancing at her gold medal and smiling. Have a look at the photo she took for us on my instagram (@richardinstagraham).We wish her all the best for the future, whatever that holds. #Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #brontecampbell #olympicgoldmedallist #worldrecordholder #australianolympicswimteam #dolphins Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/23/202117 minutes, 8 seconds
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Louisa Hope

Ep. 50   Louisa HopeLouisa Hope was the last one out alive from the Lindt Cafe siege in Sydney, Australia. She and her mother had both been shot. She was the last one out but the first one to decide to turn that experience into a positive. She did that while lying on the pavement in Phillip Street, Sydney, being treated by paramedics. Walk with me and Louisa into that cafe and hear it and feel it from an insiders perspective. Experience the worst of humanity.....and the best. If you wish to help the Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses, contact Louisa atwww.louisahope.com#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #louisahope #louisahopefundfornurses #lindtcafe #sydneysiege #hopematters #torijohnson #katrinadawsonVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/18/202140 minutes, 38 seconds
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Professor Colleen Hayward AM

Ep. 49 Professor Colleen Hayward AMWhen I asked an indigenous CEO of a company in WA if she knew Professor Hayward, she replied, 'Aunty Colleen? Yeah, she's a legend.' And she was right. She is.Professor Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of Western Australia.For more than 35 years, she has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels.She has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, training, employment, housing, child protection and law & justice as well as significant experience in policy and management. So her breadth of knowledge and understanding is extraordinary.Among her many achievements, she has been recognised for her long-standing work for and on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia by winning the 2008 National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year Award.I'm always learning and never more so than on this episode. So many things explained in a manner that's understandable but with a an overlay of academia and a generous serving of kindness. #Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #Colleenhayward #auntiecolleen #NAIDOC #resilience #handupnothandout #inspirational #cantbewhatyoucantsee #educationiskey #noongar #ulurustatement #twoworlds #AFLW #Dockers #GWSGiants @richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/11/202141 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dr Anne Aly MP

Ep. 48 Dr Anne Aly MPAnne Aly is an extraordinary woman. Her story is one of utter determination, resilience, love and compassion.She was a single mum of two small boys and had nothing. No money. No job. But she fought for her boys. Like Carla Zampatti. Like Nanette Carroll. She fought her way out of her problems....and ended up eventually being invited to Barack Obama's White House in an official advisory capacity. And advising the United Nations. And becoming the first woman of Islamic faith to enter Federal Parliament. She's brilliant (a Professor with a PhD), she's fun and funny....and tells a great story. I love what I'm learning from women like Anne.About Anne Aly:www.annealy.comHer Book:Finding My Place, is available athttps://www.booktopia.com.au/finding-my-place-anne-aly/book/9780733338489.html#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #annealy #determination #resilience #findingmyplace @anne.aly @richardinstagraham #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/4/202144 minutes, 36 seconds
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Professor Kathryn North AC BSc(Med) MBBS MD DMedSc FRACP FAHMS

Ep. 47 Professor Kathryn North AC Professor Kathryn North is one of Australia's leading and most influential physician scientists. Trained as a paediatrician, neurologist and clinical geneticist, Kathryn is recognised internationally for her leadership in genomic medicine and her research into inherited myopathies and genes that influence human muscle performance.Kathryn's achievements in bringing genomics medicine into clinical practice have transformed the lives of thousands of children across Australia through major innovations in the areas of gene discovery, improved diagnosis and prevention, understanding of disease mechanism and the development and evaluation of novel therapies through clinical trials. She is also leading national and international initiatives focused on genomic data sharing and the implementation of genomic medicine into clinical practice.She has also studied the Elite Athlete Gene for 25 years. But as yet, it's reproduction is a way off and therefore she was not be able to help me get to the 100M start line of the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane, Australia. It was worth asking.It's an extraordinary dedication with extraordinary results from an extraordinary team at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.www.mcri.edu.au#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #Kathrynnorth #MCRI #genomics #genesequencing #genomicmedecine #breastcancergene #epigenetics #ethics #curingmnd #motorneuronedisease #eliteathletegene #musculardisorders #musculardistrophy Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
7/28/202145 minutes, 10 seconds
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Alison Battisson

Ep. 46   Alison BattissonAlison Battisson is the founder and Director Principal of the organisation, Human Rights For All. Their focus is to ensure basic human rights and humanitarian treatment for refugees and the stateless.  Most of us have very strong opinions on this topic but realistically -  how many of us actually know what happens from a legal and humanitarian perspective. For example, did you know that in Australia there is no right to legal representation so it's up to organisations like HR4A to work pro bono (free of charge!) to give assistance or the refugees sit there in mandatory detention at the whim of the government. For years and years.Australia is the ONLY country in the western world which has mandatory detention for people without visas. I'd say normally that we're keeping pretty unusual company in that regard.....but we have no company on this one. No one else treats refugees and asylum seekers like this.Listening to Alison is an education. I wish it wasn't. If we all new about this I reckon a lot of people would be very upset. Consider this....the family from Sri Lanka who became known as 'The Biloela Family'  were being sent home and were literally in a plane back to Sri Lanka and the public found out what was going on and objected. Vociferously.  The plane was forced to turn around mid flight and return to Australia!Australia has attracted international condemnation by the UN of its treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Alison can explain why. It's not conjecture or hear say. It's not even the words of 'informed' social or media commentators. It's from someone who has their 'boots on the ground'. Every day. If you want to assist and donate to this cause, go to www.hr4a.com.au and follow the link.Trigger warning: this episode contains references to self harm and assault#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #alisonbattisson #hr4a #refugees #asylumseekers #UNcondemnation #AJL20 #BiloelafamilyVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
7/21/202149 minutes, 20 seconds
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Heather Ellis

Ep. 45 Heather EllisHeather is a motorbike adventurer who survived contracting AIDS in the early 90's. When you didn't.Her remarkable solo adventures from South to North Africa Africa and then along the silk roads from Western Europe, Russia  and Asia have been captured in her two best selling books (below). Prior to her silk roads trip she was given the horrendous diagnosis. At that time it was a death sentence. But she chose to take the trek anyway and it became a spiritual journey for her. It's a tale of remarkable resilience and determination. Can you imagine travelling solo for months with that diagnosis hanging over your head?Heather's info:www.heather-ellis.comBooks:Ubuntu: One Woman’s Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa Timeless On The Silk Road #Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #heatherellis #HIV #AIDS #resilience #determination #livelife #silkroad #ubuntu @richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
7/14/202150 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jane Caro AM

Ep. 44 Jane Caro AM Jane Caro is a Walkley Award winning columnist, author, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. She spent 35 years in the advertising industry, published twelve books, including three novels and has appeared frequently on ABC’s Q&A, Sunrise, The Project, The Drum. She was also a regular panellist on the ABC’s top-rating show on advertising “The Gruen Transfer.”  She is knowledgable, engaging, funny and authentic. For those reasons she is highly sought after as a speaker, workshop facilitator and an MC by a wide range of both private and public sector organisations. She always has a lot to say on a broad range of topics. And it's really worth listening to. #Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #janecaro #gruentransfer #feminism #equality #Saatchi #ABC #Unbreakable #Accidentalfeminist #gracetame #australianoftheyear #ageism Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
7/7/202148 minutes, 43 seconds
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alice Gorman

Ep. 43 Dr Alice GormanAlice Gorman is one of the world's leading authorities on space archaeology.   She blogs as 'Dr Space Junk' and her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, New Scientist, and Archaeology magazine. She is a faculty member of the International Space University's Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide.She started life as an archaeologist and then, after a gruelling day of field work and while having a beer and  looking up at the night sky, she had her lightbulb moment. That beer changed her life. Well....there were a few other factors as well but you know what I mean. We discussed all manner of things.....space junk, Elon Musk, proprietary rights to space, extra terrestrial life, fictional WW1 fighter pilot Biggles. Everything. Everyone I reckon has a bit of a fascination with space. If you're one of those people, you'll enjoy this. Even if you're not, have a listen. Like me, you'll probably learn quite a bit.Her book is Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and The Futurehttps://www.booktopia.com.au/dr-space-junk-vs-the-universe-alice-gorman/book/9781742236247.html#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #alicegorman #drspacejunk #nasa #spaceprogram Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
6/30/202142 minutes, 21 seconds
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Antoinette Braybrook

Ep. 42  Antoinette Braybrook Antoinette Braybrook is an Aboriginal woman who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. She left school at 15 and, after a period of time finding where she needed to be, she went to university as a mature age student and completed a law degree and was subsequently admitted as a legal practitioner. It was then that she decided to dedicate her life’s work to giving a voice to victims of family and domestic violence, in particular, indigenous women. And by becoming the CEO of Djirra, an organisation dedicated to that cause, she has made, and continues to make, a real difference in the face of, at times, real indifference. She was awarded the 2015 Law Institute of Victoria: Access to Justice/Pro Bono Award, the 2017 Inspirational Women of Yarra Award, and a 2015 Australian Centre for Leadership for Women award for Sustaining Women’s Empowerment. In 2020, she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.Read about Antoinette's organisation and the great work it doeswww.djirra.org.auTrigger warning: episode contains references to domestic violence#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #djirra #antoinettebraybrook #enddomesticviolence #resilience #determination #indigenous #dedication #richardinstagraham @richardinstagraham @djirravic  @antoinette_braybrookVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
6/23/202129 minutes, 41 seconds
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Prue Gilbert

Ep. 41   Prue GilbertPrue Gilbert is a lawyer, human rights advocate and mother....and she combines her vast experiences in all three areas to improve the lives of thousands.Marie Claire called her the “the anti-discrimination guru”. Vogue named her a “Game Changer” and her business, Grace Papers, won the Australian Human Rights Business Award for addressing pregnancy related discrimination.At its heart, her company coaches those navigating the parental leave journey from pregnancy, parental leave and returning to work. Both employees AND employers. She outlines the enormous benefits to both when they get the flexible work practices right. I wish I'd had this available when we were going through this journey - I've selfishly outlined a bit of my own story in this episode. Grace Paper and Prue Gilbert are proving to be a game changer. For everyone. And the covid work from home requirements has just emphasised what Prue has been saying for years. Now the benefits are obvious to everyone. But they weren't when Prue started her journey. Another pioneer really worth a listen. www.gracepapers.com.au#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #Gracepapers #Pruegilbert #socialjustice #culturechange #genderequality #discrimination #flexibleworkplace #aflwequalityVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
6/16/202144 minutes
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Rachel Doyle SC

Ep. 40 Rachel Doyle SCRachel is one of the country's most senior female barristers. She has taken the extraordinary step of writing a book (Power and Consent) which directly addresses the allegations of sexual harassment by 6 former Judges Associates against a former High Court Judge, Dyson Heydon.And the current Chief Justice of the High Court, Justice Susan Kiefel, not only believes these women, she has personally apologised to each of them for their appalling treatment. It's all unprecedented in the legal world. That's what makes this turn of events so fascinating and timely.Rachel explores these events through the prism of two vital topics…power and consent, as the title of the book would imply. And what she finds makes for a sobering discussion.We explore how we could possibly get to this situation and,  some answers she proposes. They’re simple….and brilliant. And having been a barrister for over 25 years, her views and thoughts are worth listening to. Rachel's book, Power and Consent can be found at Booktopia:https://www.booktopia.com.au/power-consent-rachel-doyle/book/9781922464125.html?dsa=s1-east&gclid=CjwKCAjwqvyFBhB7EiwAER786ReMxFjszmslAhonB05q0W_6mzbEFdR4pOZa-Z-1AOFLQVPkuoz4vhoCJeMQAvD_BwE#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #racheldoyle #powerandconsent Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
6/9/202144 minutes, 30 seconds
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Jahna Cedar OAM

Ep. 39  Jahna Cedar OAMJahna Cedar is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with family connection to the Gija people of the Kimberleys, and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader. She has worked for over 20 years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people and has represented Indigenous Australia at the United Nations in New York, on three occasions. In 2012, Jahna was the youngest person to be elected into the West Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame and in 2017 proudly won Business news 40 under 40, First amongst equals. Jahna was also awarded Telstra Business Women Awards WA – For Purpose and Social Enterprise Winner in 2017.She has such a strong sense of purpose and real suggestions and advice on how we can make our relationship with indigenous people so much better which is the to the benefit of ALL Australians.   This was a fascinating and educational conversation. Jahna refers to IPS Management Consultants. Their website is:www.ipsau.com.au#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #Jahnacedar #ipsau #Nationalreconciliationweek #NRW #socialjustice #standstrong #celebratesuccess #rapport #truthtelling #trust #shareyourstory #richardinstagraham #lindaburney #indigenous #indigenousvoicetoparliamentVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
6/2/202126 minutes, 53 seconds
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Major Rabia Siddique

Ep. 38  Rabia SiddiqueRabia is a hostage survivor. It’s part of a story that has its beginnings as a human rights and criminal lawyer, British Army officer and subsequently a best selling author and professional speaker. It’s a very different story from those I’ve brought you to date, but it does share some common themes. Like all my guests, she has been confronted with numerous obstacles, hurdles, challenges and discrimination but, unlike my other guests, some situations she had to literally stare down and, if not handled well, would have cost her her life.  The injustice she suffered was authorised by those at the very top. It's literally unbelievable. The whole story of resilience, determination and how treating others with respect and dignity undoubtedly saved her life and those of her fellow hostages - should be made into a movie. As fate would have it, the story IS being made into a movie. My suggestions were (once again rightly) laughed at. I think they may have merit though.This conversation contains references to sexual assault and sexual abuse. If you or someone you love needs help, please call 1 800 RESPECT or Bravehearts information and support line 1800 272 831About the guestWebsite www.rabiasiddique.comRabia's book: Equal Justice, My Journey as a Woman, a Soldier and a MuslimBooktopia link to the book:https://www.booktopia.com.au/equal-justice-rabia-siddique/book/9781742613239.html#Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #rabiasiddique #tonyblair #resilience #justiceforall #passionforequality #positivedriverforchange #SAS #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
5/26/202147 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Hon. Annabelle Bennett AC, SC, FAA

Ep. 37 The Hon. Annabelle Bennett AC, SC, FAAAnnabelle is a retired Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. She is currently Chancellor of Bond University; the Chair of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), an Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; President (part time) of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW; Member of the Board of Directors of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research; Member and past President of Chief Executive Women; Chair of the Advisory Group of Judges to the World Intellectual Property Organisation; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has also served as a Commissioner with the NSW Law Reform Commission and as a Royal Commissioner into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.  Dr Bennett is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Law.Her father was a lawyer, and at an early age she had hopes of following him into the legal profession. Her father, however, thought that law was a bad career choice for women and discouraged her from pursuing this ambition. Instead, she studied science at the University of Sydney and completed a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. But she still wanted to study law. So she did. And became a barrister. Then a Senior Counsel. Then a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia.She just wants to keep learning. And don't think Imposter Syndrome doesn't affect someone like Annabelle. It absolutely does but it's how she deals with it that is important. There's a lot of very valuable lessons here.It's a really interesting and fun chat with a really interesting and fun woman. #Reallyinterestingwomen # RIW #annabellebennett #FederalCourtJudge #Impostersyndrome #confidence #keeplearning #ANSTO #CEW #Chiefexecutivewomen #FAA #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
5/19/202138 minutes, 5 seconds
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Meggie Palmer

Ep. 36   Meggie PalmerMeggie Palmer founded PepTalkHer whose mission is the close the gender pay gap. The PepTalkHer app helps track career successes and uses artificial intelligence to coach confidence and negotiation skills.....and gives you a pep talk when you need it most. I'm using it. The key to it's success is its simplicity I reckon. Meggie travels globally speaking and helping companies with retaining female leaders and diversity. As a former Walkley award winning journalist, Meggie brings the same dedication, research, determination and empathy to this role. She has helped people all over the world gain confidence and deal with imposter syndrome. To help close the pay gap, she shows us how to negotiate a pay rise and how to boost confidence to help that process through their online free 5 day challenge (www.peptalkher.com/challenge). Great practical solutions to global problems. And she's great fun. I got a lot from this. Have a listen. www.meggiepalmer.comwww.peptalkher.comgallup strength finderswww.peptalkher.com/challenge@meggiepalmer @peptalkher @richardinstagraham #Reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #meggiepalmer #peptalkher #genderpaygap #wgea #workplacegenderequality #thinkstrategically #5daychallenge #impostersyndromesolutions #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
5/12/202140 minutes, 34 seconds
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Katy Barfield

Ep. 35  Katy BarfieldKaty Barfield has been described as a food waste warrior, an award winning female founder, circular economy ambassador, food tech expert, food system disruptor, not for profit leader, board member, government advisor and....occasional dolphin rescuer. As Founder and CEO of Yume Australia, Katy realised that food rescue was not going to be enough - she did that with Second Bite for many years and, whilst she still thinks organisations like Second Bite and OzHarvest are very important, Yume was brought about to scale up food distribution and get some money back in the hands of the farmers and producers, to make a real impact on the 4.1 million tonnes of commercial food waste per year. That's enough, if the food were stacked on pallets and the pallets were stacked on each other, to reach the space station......14 times over. Annually.At its simplest, it's Australia's first online marketplace for surplus food. There are only three other organisations around the world utilising similar technology to do the same thing. They estimate that in the next three years, Yume will have prevented 10,000,000 kgs of food from going to waste. And food waste is the third biggest contributor to global warming. So it's worth this effort. www.yumefood.com.au#RIW #Reallyinteresting women #katybarfield #yume #yumefoodaustralia #foodwaste #ozharvest #foodwastewarrior #surplusfood #chrishemsworth #qigong #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
5/5/202139 minutes, 25 seconds
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Maggie Beer AM

Ep. 34   Maggie Beer AMMaggie Beer is a National Treasure. Having left school at 14 to help provide for the family, it wasn't until she was in her mid 30's that her true calling came to her.  A revelation in the wilds of Scotland led to a new food era in Australia. From the opening of a farm shop called Pheasant Farm in 1979 in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, to transforming that farm shop to a restaurant that, in 1991, was named Gourmet Traveller's restaurant of the year. And she still refers to herself as just a cook.Her cook books are revered and her TV shows, The Cook and the Chef, and The Great Australian Bake Off are enormously popular as are her many appearances as a judge and special guest on MasterChef. But plain sailing it was not. Hard work, a young family, burn out, reality checks, reassessment, refocus on the things that matter most. Combined with the courage to try something new....completely new in this country - has led to an extraordinary career that is faaaaar from over.Through it all Maggie Beer was always authentic, always genuine and fun and, as a result, always loved and admired. www.maggiebeer.com.auThis website leads to her recipes and some of the best cookbooks in the world.www.maggiebeerfoundation.org.au#RIW #Reallyinterestingwomen #maggiebeer #maggiebeerfoundation #pheasantfarm #annesummers #stephaniealexander #neilperry #loveofcooking #cookingwithmaggie #hardwork #resilience #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
4/28/202132 minutes, 4 seconds
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Hon. Linda Burney MP

Ep. 33  Hon. Linda Burney MPLinda was the first aboriginal person, male or female, to be elected to the New South Wales State Parliament. She was the first aboriginal woman to be elected to the Federal House of Representatives. She is currently the Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services and the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians.Her commitment to indigenous issues and rights in education, reconciliation and politics spans more than 30 years.One of her highlights was being integral part in organising the Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2000. Not knowing if anyone would turn up, imagine how she felt when 350,000 people joined her to show their support. We discuss issues that should be important to all Australians.#RIW #Reallyinterestingwomen #Lindaburney #ALP #blacklivesmatter #indigenous #blackdeathsincustody #uluru #ulurustatementfromtheheart #firstaustralians #resilience #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
4/21/202127 minutes, 54 seconds
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Professor Julie Leask

Ep. 32 Professor Julie LeaskJulie Leask is a social scientist specialising in risk communication and vaccination uptake. She  has qualifications in nursing and midwifery, a Master of Public Health and a PhD in public health. She is an advisor to the World Health Organization on vaccination acceptance and demand issues. Her research has covered communication issues surrounding pandemics, outbreaks, and vaccine safety incidents. She has also looked at public/healthcare worker perceptions and behaviours during these events and media coverage of them.She has some answers for us. #RIW #Reallyinterestingwomen #julieleask #covidvaccine #vaccinationuptake #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
4/14/202138 minutes, 19 seconds
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Assoc. Prof. Sally Moyle

Ep. 31  - Assoc. Prof. Sally MoyleSally Moyle is a leading expert on gender equality. Which, right now, is probably one of the most important people we need to listen to. By providing historical context to these problems she explains why the politicians in this country have such an appalling record when it comes to the treatment of women in parliament. But she's optimistic that we may have reached an inflection point. We discussed the importance of listening to all perspectives, the day to day lived reality for most women, power structures and quotas.Her messages on the benefits of equality are broad ranging and common sense really. Studies over many years have shown that diversity leads to better performance. Not only an equality argument but an economic one.Such an important discussion for women and men to hear. #RIW #Reallyinterestingwomen #sallymoyle #anu #equalrights #consent #chanelcontos #brittanyhiggins #jacindaardern #womenpioneers #socialjustice #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
4/7/202137 minutes, 12 seconds
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Diane Grady AO

Ep. 30 - Diane Grady AODiane Grady has an exceptional background in the corporate world and she has used that privilege to advance the causes of women more than practically anyone. Her lessons for how to get ahead and help others should be etched in marble. Armed with an MBA from Harvard in the mid 70's she became a partner with the highly prestigious worldwide management consulting firm McKinsey and Co. She was the first woman outside the USA to be elected to McKinsey's Global Partnership and the first female partner in the firm to have children. In 1994 she became a full time independent director and has been on the boards of numerous public companies and non profits, that are household names.Diane's career goals have ALWAYS been twofold: (1) do whatever she can to help create leadership opportunities for women, and (2) ensure any organisation she was involved in, she would do everything possible to help that organisation do a better job allowing all of its people at all levels, to flourish. And that's what she's done. Her advice to young women in particular of how to make an impact in the workplace is worth the price of entry alone. As one of the country's most successful change managers she has sage advice for the PM Scott Morrison. She's told us exactly how to fix the Liberal Party's obvious issue with its disrespect for women.Quite an amazing person.  Listen to this. Like me, you'll be a better person for it.www.cew.org.auwww.headsoverheels.com.auwww.thp.org.au#RIW #reallyinterestingwomen #dianegrady #harvardmba #harvard #Mckinseysconsulting #CEW #chiefexecutivewomen #thehungerproject #changingculture #changingmindsets #selfconfidence #shareyouraspirations #changingbehaviours #richardinstagraham Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
3/31/202136 minutes, 34 seconds
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Sadhana Smiles

Episode 29   Sadhana SmilesAs an immigrant to Australia with no qualifications and no plan as well as being the granddaughter of a slave in Fiji, Sadhana Smiles inauspicious beginnings were no indication of what was to come.She would rise to become a global CEO, multi leadership award winner, author, business and social entrepreneur and leading speaker on leadership, diversity and inclusion. She is one of only a handful of culturally and linguistically diverse leaders in this country and, as such, is a role model to women in the many diverse communities in Australia. She has had many obstacles to overcome. Sadhana talks of the triple glass ceiling that she has had to deal with, being a woman, being a woman of colour and being a woman with Indian heritage and the cultural expectations that come with that.This has created a real determination and resilience to enable her to advance not just her own career but the careers of other women and, in particular, other women of colour. She is a constant voice for the benefits of diversity and she shares her recipe for success....and it's well worth listening to. She started listing the gaps in her working life and set about closing them. Courage is an important factor - which could be as simple as expressing an opinion or as big as stepping out of your comfort zone at work to make a different choice. The importance of sponsors, mentors, putting yourself forward for opportunities. There's a lot of solutions here. Not just for women of colour but for everyone wanting to get ahead.As a social entrepreneur she has been active for years in the areas of domestic violence and violence against women generally and was instrumental in organising an annual 'Walk a Mile in Their Shoes' march which raised funds for those causes.As a speaker on the corporate circuit, Sadhana has inspired thousands to chase their dreams....despite her often being the only woman of colour not only on any discussion panel, but often in the room! But she's determined to change that. And I wouldn't be betting against her in that regard. Her first two books are critically acclaimed and inspire people to blaze their own trail in business and in life.Sadhana Smiles is someone that really is making the path a little wider and clearer for those that follow. And she's a lot of fun. Have a listen. www.sadhanasmiles.comBooks - People Power Did You have Them @ Hello                  I Want What She's Having Podcast - Business in Colour This episode makes reference to slavery, racial themes, diversity and domestic violence.#RIW #Reallyinterestingwomen #sadhanasmiles #resilience #determination #womenofcolour #diversity #women #courageouschoices #confidence #selfbelief #expressopinions #diversityisprofitable #goals #rolemodel #achieve #support #educate #businessincolour #leadership #harcourts #Iwantwhatsheshaving #richardinstagraham Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
3/24/202139 minutes, 21 seconds
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Mikhara Ramsing

Ep. 28   Mikhara RamsingMikhara is a former finalist for Young Australian of the Year. She started two amazing companies after becoming s social entrepreneur. Mikhara Ramsing describes herself as a gay South African Indian Australian woman. At the age of 16 her family moved to Australia which is difficult enough at that age but at the same time she was only just beginning to understand her own sexuality. Very challenging considering she and her Indian heritage parents did not know of any other gay women of colour. Mikhara was determined to help her parents understand because that love and acceptance was so important to her. Eventually she constructed a 'letter of understanding' to her parents and it started a long and very important discussion for which she is now so grateful. It was a long road to travel but her strength, determination, resilience and love got her to that goal.The influence of Mikhara's grandfather led her to change a secure career as an economist to start a career as a social entrepreneur. This saw her criss cross the country in a mobile 'tiny house' undertaking skills workshops supporting mental health and well being for rural and regional high school students......as well as building Australia's first national website providing resources, support and a safe place for cultural and linguistically diverse LGBTIQ people to share their stories and access those resources and support. Something that wasn't available to her. A large part of the funding for this comes from the sale of her chai tea (Miks Chai).Quite remarkable really. TW this episode contains references to mental health and suicide prevention.www.mikhararamsing.com@mikschai@ethnic_plus#RIW #reallyinterestingwomen #mikhararamsing #mikschai #ethnicplus #LGBT #LGBTQI #india #southafrica #storiessavelives #socialenterprise #support #family #tinyhome #mentalhealth #chaitea #selflove #selfcare #mindfulness #suicideprevention #mentalhealthmatters #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
3/17/202138 minutes, 5 seconds
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Carla Zampatti AC OMRI

Ep. 27    Carla Zampatti AC OMRICarla is a fashion icon who is also a pioneer in business. For over 55 years she has been a leader in her field. A string of awards and accolades from Australia and Italy have confirmed her as one of this country's most influential and powerful women.Even when she arrived from Italy as a child in Bullfinch, WA (I didn't know either - about 300 km north east of Perth), she knew the business she wanted to run.... in an era when probably no other women were doing it. So can you imagine the obstacles and hurdles she faced? And yet she has endured...and prospered. For over 55 years. She's such a strong advocate for women in business and has constantly sought to inspire women to become entrepreneurs and leaders. She's learned a lot about life and business and she shares some of her experiences and advice here.It's an inspirational story....that continues.#RIW #reallyinterestingwomen #carlazampatti #carla #carlamoments #cew #chiefexecutivewomen #fashion #powersuit #jillianbroadbent #bettertogether #womensupportingwomen #harpercollinsaustralia #womeninbusiness #inspiringwomenVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
3/10/202131 minutes, 28 seconds
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Gloria Allred

Ep. 26   Gloria Allred"One of the best attorneys in America"  - President Barack Obama.A  fearless advocate for civil rights and fighting for injustice for 45 years. Gloria Allred is the high profile, outspoken, at times outrageous advocate for women and those whose civil rights have been transgressed. She's been forcefully advocating gay rights since the 1970's. Aids discrimination, marriage equality, transgender rights - she's been successfully defending victims for nearly 50 years. Still doing it. When a high profile story breaks featuring allegations of sexual misconduct against celebrated men, her name is often not far behind. Through her clients she's taking on Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, R Kelly and Donald Trump, to name a few. She's probably one of the very few people they fear.She's one of the most prominent civil rights lawyers in America today. Her goal is to bring women into the mainstream of American life in each and every aspect of life in equal partnership with men. Gloria Allred has helped create cultural shifts.A recently inducted member of the American National Women's Hall of Fame and the subject of a hugely successful Netflix documentary, 'Seeing Allred'. We have a lot to thank her for.More from Gloria Allred:website: www.gloriaallred.comHer book: Fight Back and Win - Harper Collins publishers, available at Amazon, BooktopiaHer Netflix Documentary: Seeing AllredFind her on insta: @gloria.allred     twitter: @gloriaallred#RIW #reallyinterestingwomen #gloriaallred #seeingallred #netflix #feminism #feminist #gayrights #lgbtqia #lgbt #gloriasteinem #justiceforall #justice #friarsclub #equality #fightbackandwin #epstein #trump #billcosby #nationalwomenshalloffame #metoo #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
3/3/202131 minutes, 55 seconds
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Lauren Bath

Ep. 25   Lauren BathDeemed “Australia’s first professional Instagrammer” by national media, Lauren Bath pioneered the Australian influencer industry. With an online audience of close to half a million followers, she is not only one of Australia’s most powerful travel Instagrammers but also a savvy social media consultant, educator, and public speaker. It's a very open discussion and Lauren gives us a great insight as to how she gave up a 'certain' career as a chef and then built an incredible business as a paid instagrammer (and LOTS more besides). She goes into detail about how she's  managed negativity and anonymous online critics, how she's dealt with pain and anxiety and how ongoing personal development has been a vital element to her fulfilment and success. Figuring herself out, is how she put it. And she shares with us the 'secrets' to doing just that.But the bottom line is, at one stage Lauren had nearly 500,000 followers and has built an incredible business based on several simple rules - and of course she also shares those with us. She teaches how to build your instagram presence. After this chat, I'm certainly signing up. #RIW #reallyinterestingwomen #laurenpebath #laurenbath #tourismaustralia #thetravelbootcamp #tourismwa #travelphotographersofinstagram #entrepreneur #personaldevelopment #selfbelief #influencer #worksmarternotharder #kerwinrae #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/24/202147 minutes, 12 seconds
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Dr Cassandra Steer

Ep. 24 Dr Cassandra SteerCassandra is a mission specialist with the ANU Institute of Space, a senior lecturer in space law and a highly acclaimed author having delivered papers on topics such as The Weaponisation of Outer Space: Ethical and Legal Boundaries and Feminist Perspectives on International Security. And....she's a Wonder Woman obsessive. It's a fabulous combination!If you are at all sceptical about space funding and its benefits, listen to how completely and utterly dependant we are on space for our day to day lives and that without such ongoing funding, chaos would ensue. And very quickly. You can also hear how NASA attempted to show their hand at diversity in the space program with an all female space walk on International Women's Day...only to discover they didn't have enough of the right sized space suits. Seriously. It was an informative, fun and really interesting conversation - head to the link in our bio and have a listen.# RIW #reallyinterestingwomen #cassandrasteer #wonderwoman #feministperspective #dccomics #outerspacetreaty #outerspace spacewalk #anu #anulaw #richardinstagraham #astronauts #alextheastronaut #cosmonaut Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/17/202142 minutes, 27 seconds
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Emma Alberici

Ep. 23  Emma AlbericiAs a very highly regarded journalist and television presenter with over 30 years experience, Emma Alberici has some fabulous stories of her time in the industry. And some not so fabulous. She parted ways with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2018 where she was the Chief Economics Correspondent. It was a very public departure. To say the least. In the fallout that followed, the then Chairman of the ABC, Justin Milne resigned, the then Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie was sacked, the then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was throwing his weight around on the issue. Seriously. And Emma was in the middle of it all. Regardless of your personal opinions at the time....can you imagine?Some of the press were quite vicious towards Emma. Personal and gender based criticisms were, at times, quite relentless. To Emma, that was especially disappointing and disheartening.So she opened a new chapter. She took a senior role in a fintech company, vowed to never front a TV program again....and set about writing her memoir (to be published later in 2021).I tried to entice her back with an offer of a joint weekly podcast about politics with a difference. This one would have an idiot sidekick. I even volunteered for the idiot part. She just laughed. Quite rightly. She's happy right where she is. #RIW #reallyinterestingwomen #emmaalberici #abc #yourabc #lateline #aca #walkleyawards #comparethemarket #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/10/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 3 seconds
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Martyna Majok

Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Martyna Majok's story is fascinating. From a non English speaking Polish immigrant whose mother was a house cleaner, to the very top of the artistic mountain. Martyna has shone a spotlight on the working class immigrants that helped create America by putting them centre stage and imbuing them with the pride, intelligence, warmth, toughness, dedication, resilience, love and compassion that they deserved and that had hitherto been missing from the stage. Equally her insistence on disabled actors playing the disabled characters she created broke new ground. The results are moving and profound.Martyna Majok saw her first theatre show at 17 after buying a ticket with the money she won hustling pool. That experience changed her life.Have a listen to the story of this extraordinary woman and her journey to becoming one of the most recognised playwrights in the world. My only concern is that, during our conversation, I may or may not have challenged her undisputed pool champion's crown. I think I can kiss that money goodbye. Dramatic excerpt is from Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere of Cost of Living. Directed by Jo Bonney, featuring Jolly Abraham, Gregg Mozgala, Katy Sullivan, Victor Williams (excerpt from playbill.com, supplied by Martyna Majok)Musical excerpt is from Gnossienne No. 1, Erik Satie by Reinbert de Leeuw (Decca Records, clip supplied by Martyna Majok)#reallyinterestingwomen #riw #martynamajok #pulitzerprize #pulitzer #costofliving #theater #theatre #broadway #manhattantheaterclub #newyorkcity #ironbound #sanctuarycity #disabledactors #jollyabraham #greggmozgala #katysullivan #victorwilliams #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
2/3/202146 minutes, 54 seconds
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Tania de Jong

Tania de Jong AM is a trail-blazing Australian soprano, global speaker, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation catalyst, spiritual journey woman and storyteller. Tania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators having developed 6 businesses and 3 charities over 3 decades.She is a global authority on creativity, innovation and collaboration. With a grandmother who invented the foldable umbrella, innovation is in her blood. And, as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, she has learnt about resilience and re-invention and developed a passion for diversity and social inclusion.She is known for her ability to unleash creative energy and capabilities, expand mindsets, build ‘can-do’ teams and strategies to develop a culture of innovation, diversity and inclusion. As if all that wasn’t enough, Tania has also released seven albums with her acclaimed singing group Pot-Pourri and has released five solo albums.  The results of her work with socially inclusive choirs are astonishing. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious. Join me for an inspiring and beautifully inclusive conversation. www.taniadejong.comhttp://www.creativeuniverse.com.au/http://www.creativityaustralia.org.au/https://mindmedicineaustralia.org.au/ #taniadejong #mindmedecineaustralia #withonevoice #reallyinteresting women #riw #richardinstagraham #inspirational #resilience #selfesteem #believeinyourself Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
12/20/202038 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ursula Dubosarsky

Ep. 20    Ursula DubosarskyUrsula is the current Australian Children's Laureate and one of the most talented and original writers in Australia today. She has won the prestigious Premier's Literary Award in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. In fact, she's won the NSW Premier's Literary Award an astonishing 5 times. More than any other writer in the award's history. A great chat exploring all manner of things including her role as Children's Laureate, the enormous benefits of reading and writing - even her surprisingly adamant defence of 'language' (my emphasis) used in emails and texts. We did take quite a few delightfully strange and awkward and fabulous turns - which is bound to happen when you discuss the terrifying language of Old Icelandic (my words)  which Ursula again defends as it was an integral part of her undergraduate university studies.Ursula's a gem. Astute observations with simple yet erudite explanations. If you've ever wanted to write or you're an avid reader or are determined to become one, or even if you just have a soft spot for Vikings and Old Icelandic......join me for a wander through this fun and enlightening conversation.#ursuladubosarsky #australianchildrenslaureate #laureate #theterribleplop #theredshoe #reindeerschristmassurprise #wordspy #premiersliteraryaward #vikings #oldicelandic #wisdomofodin #havamal #reallyinterestingwomen #riw #richardinstagraham #confidence #determination Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
12/13/202046 minutes, 13 seconds
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Sarah Davidson

Ep. 19  Sarah DavidsonA truly inspiring story of how a medical episode became the catalyst for a life change and a realisation of what's most important and how to overcome the obstacles both physical and mental, to get there. Sarah is such a energetic and upbeat person, you can't help but get swept up in that energy. She gives us a road map for leading a fulfilled life. Her determination to 'Seize the Yay' has led to her leaving the "safe" life of a lawyer and founding a successful organic matcha green tea company, Matcha Maiden, as well as a trailblazing cafe Matcha Mylkbar, hosting a very popular podcast, Seize the Yay and publishing a best selling book by the same name. From her very personal experiences, she gives us extremely practical  tips and life advice that can lead to the realisation of career and life dreams.She's a social media influencer - and she deserves to be.insta: @spoonful_of_sarahBook: Seize the Yay  www.spoonfulofsarah.com/bookMatcha Mylkbar - St Kilda, Melbourne#spoonfulofsarah  #seizetheyay #reallyinterestingwomen #RIW #resilience #wellness #fulfilledlife #podcast #richardinstagraham #influencer #liveyourbestlife #whatissuccessVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
12/6/202053 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ruth Kissam

Ruth Kissam risks her life for her work. She's a community organiser and human rights activist in Papua New Guinea focussing on preventing the atrocities committed on girls and women accused of sorcery and witchcraft. Her campaigns and work led to her being selected to attend the highly prestigious Obama Foundation Scholars Program (the first ever person from PNG) which was started by the President and Michelle Obama with a view to supporting 'dynamic collaborative, rising leaders from around the world in an innovative academic and leadership experience.'Her visions of gender appreciation for women in PNG is inspiring. So is her story.Reference is made in this episode to GBV, which is gender based violence.#ruthkissam #reallyinteresting women #RIW #richardinstagraham #richardgraham #obamafoundation #barackobama #michelleobama #obama #PNG #papuanewguinea #pngtrib @pngtribalfoundation #voiceforthevoiceless #genderappreciation #warrior #justice Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/29/202039 minutes, 39 seconds
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Robyn Archer AO

A national treasure. An Australian icon. A performer, writer, director, public advocate for the arts.Known for her internationally acclaimed one woman shows, her artistic directorship of many national arts festivals, her cabaret performances, her plays, her speaking and writing about the arts around the world.She talks about herself as a singer....and her show Robyn Archer: A Songbook, is being performed around most states of Australia in 2021. Put it in your diary!#robynarcher #reallyinterestingwomen #australianicon #nationaltreasure #cabaret #adelaidefestival #melbourneinternationalartsfestival #LGBTQ #mardigras #astaristorn #brecht #kurtweill #thesevendeadlysins #threepennyopera #billieholiday #richardgraham #richardinstagrahamVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/22/202048 minutes, 54 seconds
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Kate Swaffer

Our shameful (non) treatment of early onset dementia is tackled head on by Kate Swaffer who, at 49, was diagnosed and told to get her end of life affairs in order. She didn't want to do that. Twelve years later she is a founding member and CEO of an international organisation charged with changing attitudes and treatment for early onset dementia. As a direct result, Kate was invited to address the Word Health Organisation. And she gave them both barrels.https://www.dementiaallianceinternational.org/Kate Swaffer books available on Apple Books:What The Hell Happened to My BrainLove Life Loss- A Rollercoaster of PoetryVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/15/202044 minutes, 26 seconds
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Melanie Brock

Melanie Brock is an expert in international business relations in Japan. Having lived there for thirty years, she is also a torch bearer for women's rights in a country where women's business success and women's rights are not high on the cultural agenda. But things are changing thanks in no small part to fabulous women like Melanie. Have a listen to how an Australian steak and wine night in the middle of Tokyo, played a big part in developing a friendship which, in turn, helped develop a trade agreement.She has some great advice on what it takes to get ahead in an atmosphere and culture that's not, at first glance, conducive to that. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/8/202047 minutes, 28 seconds
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Susan Alberti AC - Part 2

Susan Alberti's influence on the business and philanthropic landscape of Australia has been huge (see Part 1 of the interview).  Part 2 explores her enormous influence on her other passion....Australian Rules Football. She has been a pioneer in the men's game and an integral part of the commencement of the professional women's game.She has a lot of wisdom to pass on to those interested in overcoming hurdles and barriers and succeeding and living a fulfilled life. She has just one more goal left to kick.www.susanalbertifoundation.org.auwww.womens.aflVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/3/202026 minutes, 19 seconds
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Susan Alberti AC - Part 1

From very humble beginnings, Susan Alberti AC became a very successful business woman, one of Australia's pre-eminent philanthropists especially as regards medical research in general and Type 1 diabetes in particular. She was finalist in the Australian of the Year...twice. Awarded as one of the most influential women in sport, she was Vice President of the men's Western Bulldogs AFL club and an integral element in the establishment of the elite AFL women's competition.But the road to these successes and accolades was strewn with tragedy and great personal loss. Her real success, to me, was overcoming these things and continuing on to lead a very fulfilled life.......with one more goal to kick.www.susanalbertifoundation.org.auVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
11/1/202036 minutes, 34 seconds
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Margie Seale

Brilliant insight to the benefits of being open to opportunities. Margie Seale gives us a raft of extremely valuable advice gathered through her personal experiences as to how she went from modest corporate beginnings, to become one of the most sought after non-executive directors in the country. For those wanting to take the step from corporate executive to non-executive director, we've got you covered here as well.Rather then just looking at the end product (a successful non-executive director on blue chip boards) and thinking it's very difficult to achieve, it's the many small steps that lead there that are fascinating and revealing to me. Life is a journey and it's the wisdom of those that have travelled these roads that is almost essential listening.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/25/202046 minutes, 17 seconds
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Senator Susan McDonald

A down to earth and inspiring advocate for Australia's remote, rural and regional areas and people. A fabulous, unique and very Australian backstory. But it doesn't all go to plan. Early this year, Susan contracted covid 19 herself. She gives a first hand account of the effect of the pain and guilt she felt. She discusses the repercussions both good....and really bad. A warm and engaging chat with a country politician who has a genuine optimism for the future...as long as there is a steak and a beer thrown in somewhere.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/18/202037 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dame Jane Harding

Dame Jane Harding changed global medical practice for the treatment of babies...twice.For info on helping the Liggins Institute or applying for a position to assist Dame Jane:www.auckland.ac.nz/en/liggins.htmlVisit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/11/202036 minutes, 49 seconds
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Caitlin Hicks-Forshaw and Keryn Kalzee

Two indigenous sisters run a 100% aboriginal owned civil construction and mining company in the unforgiving Pilbara region. It’s a great story.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
10/4/202033 minutes, 53 seconds
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Professor Donna Cross

A professor who has dedicated her life to develop and research strategies to improve children and adolescent's wellbeing, with a focus on mental health. Donna opens up in this conversation to show us how her extensive research has influenced both state and federal government policy.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/27/202042 minutes, 59 seconds
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Renee Carter

CEO of Adopt Change, Renee has dedicated her life to advocate for the rights of children to grow up in a safe, nurturing and stable family home. She gives us an insight into her world in this inspiring and uplifting conversation. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/20/202037 minutes, 30 seconds
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Amanda Farrugia

A pioneer’s reflections on overcoming self doubt, making brave decisions, the benefits of support and community, leadership and what 'having a go’ can lead to.https://womens.afl/teams/6/gws-giants Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/13/202042 minutes, 22 seconds
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Prof. Jenny May AM

Rural medicine pioneer and a passionate advocate for the benefits of community.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
9/6/202042 minutes, 47 seconds
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Sanushka Seomangal

Born of Indian heritage in apartheid South Africa. Pride prevailed over prejudice. Australia then became the platform for Sanushka to mend cultural bridges....and become a top 100 Woman of Influence. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/30/202048 minutes, 30 seconds
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Jillian Broadbent AC

Jillian’s unrivalled corporate career is built on her mastery of simple techniques and following simple rules. She generously…and humorously reveals them here.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/23/202049 minutes, 16 seconds
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Nanette Carroll

From unemployed, unqualified, single mum of 3, to CEO of a $320M company. If your obstacles seem insurmountable...you may find answers here.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/13/202048 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bronte Campbell OAM

Bronte Campbell is an Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games swimming gold medallist. A champion in and out of the pool. As a teenage prodigy, dealing with the enormous expectations this nation puts on its elite swimmers is hard. Really hard. How she managed that, and continues to manage that, is a credit to her and the people who love and support her. Love and support….essential ingredients. Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/9/202044 minutes, 18 seconds
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Welcome to Really Interesting Women with Richard Graham.This is a podcast where I’ll be having conversations with some amazing women whose journeys and experiences are fascinating, inspirational and educational.We’ll hear about the unique challenges faced by these women and their willingness and determination to overcome many obstacles to achieve their goals. I’ll be asking a number of similar questions to each of my guests so we can directly compare their responses. That way we can look for patterns of behaviour that others may be able to emulate to enable them to reach their goals.As a house husband and primary carer for our three daughters for the last 20 years, I’m hoping to bring a unique perspective to these conversations but primarily I’m just here, like you, to listen and learn.Visit instagram @reallyinterestingwomen for further interviews and posts of interesting women in history. Follow the link to leave a review....and tell your friendshttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/really-interesting-women/id1526764849If you know of a potential guest or interesting woman in history, email me [email protected]
8/7/20201 minute, 33 seconds