This year, in a surge of global outrage at the election of Donald Trump, millions of women filled the streets in the largest single-day demonstrations in history. In the literary world, too, women are making noise. Jan Fran talks to important voices on the front line of feminist writing. Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Yassmin’s Story), Clementine Ford (Fight Like A Girl) and Tracey Spicer (The Good Girl Stripped Bare) discuss taking action and writing for change.
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Tracey Spicer (Australian)
Tracey Spicer is the author of the frank and funny 'femoir', The Good Girl Stripped Bare. Over the past 30 years, the award-winning journalist has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs on Network Ten, Sky News, and ABC TV. She's also brought her sassy style to radio shows on 702 ABC Sydney and 2UE. The 49-year-old is a weekly columnist for Fairfax Media, TV presentation trainer at AFTRS, and co-founder of Women in Media, a national mentoring and networking initiative. Her TEDx Talk has been seen by almost 1.5 million people.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Australian)
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Born in Sudan, Yassmin and her family arrived in Australia when she was two. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally. She is the author of Yassmin’s Story.
Clementine Ford (Australian)
Clementine Ford is a writer, feminist and troublemaker based in Melbourne. As a columnist for Fairfax's Daily Life, she has helped to challenge issues of rape culture, men's violence against women, patriarchal oppression and casual sexism in Australia and beyond. Her work has also appeared in The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, the Big Issue, and in numerous literary essay collections. Her first book, Fight Like A Girl, was released in late 2016 and has since become a national bestseller.
Jan Fran (Australian)
Jan Fran is a journalist and broadcaster. She hosts The Feed on SBS VICELAND where she makes the news funny. She’s a writer, director and producer who creates everything from long form documentaries to sketch comedy segments for the show. Jan has shot and produced stories from all over the world for SBS World News and Dateline. She’s lived in Lebanon, France, Bangladesh and Uganda and speaks three languages - most of them terribly. She’s been nominated for many awards but in what she describes as an 'utter travesty' has won none.