The Australian Women's Weekly November 2019

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There is no busier month in The Weekly calendar than September. Not only are we deep into planning two very special Christmas issues – complete with treats for our valued readers (see right) – it is also the month we crown our Women of the Future winners. This year we did so at an elegant lunch at Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House. The sun shone brightly on the harbourside venue as it filled with a who’s who of Australia’s most accomplished women. But as impressive as the location and the guest list were, it was our nine young finalists who attracted the most awe and attention on the day. It was incredibly moving to watch the likes of Ita Buttrose, Dame Quentin Bryce, Lisa Wilkinson and this month’s cover star…

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open line

LETTER of the MONTH Thank you very much for the article on the Bruderhof community (AWW, October). I’ve known my local community for several years now and I think I speak for many when I say we are happy to have them here. They are open and positive, and offer help in many ways. As fellow farmers suffering in this terrible drought, they often invite us over for happy gatherings and never put pressure on anybody in any way. Happy people who give hope, that’s what we need! I. Giddings, via email. A HEARTENING READ Having seen a documentary about a Rajneesh commune in the USA and the hostility that arose there, it was lovely to read about the Bruderhof commune in NSW (AWW, October). The contrast could not have been sharper. The Aussies…

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in brief

Women of the Future 2019 FUTURE LEADERS in sustainable fashion, cancer prevention and young carers were the pioneers that shone brightest at this year’s Women’s Weekly AGL Women of the Future Awards. Luminaries and leaders including Dame Quentin Bryce, Ita Buttrose and Carla Zampatti gathered in Sydney’s Bennelong restaurant to celebrate the finalists’ achievements and address the challenges that remain for women. When Little Dreamers CEO Madeleine Buchner took the stage to accept her award, she seized the opportunity to speak up for the young carers she supports all over the country. After an impassioned speech she revealed the Little Dreamers fundraiser still didn’t have an MC, and asked if any of the women in the room could help. Virginia Trioli’s hand shot straight up in the air. The room burst…

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royal tot on tour

THE YOUNGEST Royal, baby Archie, had his first official engagement while on tour in South Africa, sharing a warm moment with Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on day three of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour. At just four months of age, Archie is reportedly travelling happily despite being the youngest royal ever to go on tour. There was laughter as the press clamoured for shots of baby Archie, with Prince Harry reportedly commenting: “He is used to it already.” The couple said they were honoured to introduce their son to one of the world’s great champions of equality.…

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“my final comeback”

Libby Trickett doesn’t exactly remember the details of the day when her entire world came crashing down, but when it did, it came fast – way faster than any 100-metre final she’d swum during her career. Struggling with motherhood after the birth of her first daughter, Poppy, the retired four-time Olympic gold medallist and former world champion felt that, if she could just get to the Mum’s and Bub’s class at her local gym to get those endorphins pumping through her weary body, then everything would be okay. She was once the fastest woman on water. Now, she was barely functioning. Most days it was an effort even to shower. But that morning she was determined to do something for herself, so she buckled her “howling like a banshee” eight-month-old daughter into…

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in my father’s footsteps

Prince Edward has visited Australia 11 times and never with his family. While his eldest brother, Prince Charles, and his nephew, Prince William, regularly take their children on official overseas’ tours, for Edward, 11th in line to the throne, leaving Lady Louise, 15, and James, Viscount Severn, 11, at home somehow seemed more practical. “It’s always difficult with school and I know I’m a bit strange that I didn’t travel with my children when they were smaller but what was the point? They weren’t going to be able to appreciate the country and the schedules are so busy, we actually never get much time to see them, so why disrupt their lives for that?” It’s a very pragmatic approach and totally in keeping with Prince Edward’s head down attitude to royal work.…