When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a ‘nasty woman’, he didn’t know the term would become a battle cry of his opponents. In a centrepiece event of the Festival, some of the world’s most acclaimed women take to the stage to find a way forward in our changing world. Festival favourites Brit Bennett, Durga Chew-Bose, Viola Di Grado, Anita Heiss, Chris Kraus and Nadja Spiegelman share cautionary tales, life lessons, wisdom and good advice. Hosted by Sophie Black.

Supported by the City of Sydney. 

This event will be Auslan interpreted. The National Relay Service is available to assist with phone bookings. Call SWF Box Office on (02) 9256 4200 or email ticketing@swf.org.au to book access tickets. 

Anita Heiss (Australian)

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Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. She currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, managing the Epic Good Foundation and being a 'creative disruptor'. Anita's latest book is Our Race To Reconciliation. She currently lives in Brisbane.

Sophie Black (Australian)

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Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as The Messenger podcast (Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals, New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017; UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary; Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature; Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award) and the ABC Radio National program Talkfest. Previously she was Editor in Chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review and SmartCompany. In 2013 she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and the human rights publication Right Now. Sophie is the former editor of Crikey and a panellist on ABC TV’s Screen Time.