The expectation for women to smile and make nice, to soothe egos and put others at ease is entrenched and well documented. Earlier this year, Grace Tame’s meeting with the Prime Minister exposed how little has changed when it comes to the double standards women face. Two women who have grappled with the politics of civility – Antoinette Lattouf (How to Lose Friends and Influence White People) and Clementine Ford (How We Love) – join Narelda Jacobs to break down why anger and honesty from women in public life is still taboo, why speaking truth to power is more important than politeness, and how they use humour and smiles on their own terms.


This event is open captioned.

Antoinette Lattouf (Australian)

Antoinette Lattouf

Antoinette Lattouf is a media personality, diversity advocate, mum of daughters, and terrible at reverse parking. The multi-award-winning journalist co-founded Media Diversity Australia – a not-for-profit advocating for more cultural and linguistic diversity in the media. In 2019, Antoinette was among AFR's 100 Women of Influence. In 2021, she was awarded a Women's Agenda Leadership Award and B&T Women in Media's Champion of Change. In peer-selected awards at her high school formal, Antoinette won Most Likely To Die A Virgin. Antoinette's first book is How to Lose Friends and Influence White People.

Clementine Ford (Australian)

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford is a writer and broadcaster based in Naarm (Melbourne). She is the bestselling author of Fight Like A Girl and Boys Will Be Boys, which have also been published to great acclaim in the UK and the US. She also presents a popular online advice line called Friday Night Bites. Her most recent book How We Love: Notes on a life was published in 2021. Despite her reputation, she is actually very nice.

Narelda Jacobs (Australian)

Narelda Jacobs

Narelda Jacobs is a Whadjuk Noongar journalist and presenter hailing from Boorloo/Perth now living on Gadigal Country in Sydney. Narelda has worked at Network 10 since 2000 and spent 19 years in the Perth newsroom before heading to Sydney where she co-hosts Studio 10 and presents 10 News First Perth. Once a week, she finds herself at NITV where she co-hosts the network’s flagship program The Point. Once a year, she co-hosts NITV’s January 26 Sunrise Ceremony.  She’s a regular on news panels at ABC TV & co-hosted Sydney Mardi Gras 2018-2020. Narelda has shared the stage with Prime Ministers, international leaders, humanitarian advocates and superstar artists. She’s passionate about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and is on the board of Welcome to Country, Walkley Foundation and Dame Changer. She’s on the inaugural National Indigenous Advisory Committee for Football Australia, is a patron of Motor Neurone Disease Association WA and WA Aboriginal Leadership Institute and an ambassador of The Pinnacle Foundation.