• Kate Neilson

Highlighting some of our favourite women for IWD - #PushForProgress

This year it really feels like women have something to celebrate: the ongoing survival of Trump, the bravery exhibited with the #MeToo/ #TimesUp movements, the increase in male allies for the cause and the stronger focus to push for pay parity.

To celebrate this year's 104th International Women's Day, we're taking a look back on some of the truly remarkable women that we've had the pleasure of speaking with and soak up their general awesome-ness and pearls of wisdom.

Chicks rule. We fucking love you guys.

We were awestruck by the soothing tones of Eilish Gilligan, who spent some time speaking with us late last year about creativity, style and being a creature of habit. Have a look at what she had to say.

What do you do to fill your soul to the brim?

Good question. I’m trying very hard to fill my soul right now. I love music – the one thing that will inevitably take me away from whatever bad state I’m in is to sit down and play or write music, and the nice thing is it doesn’t have to be good. It just has to be something. I also like to read, spend time with loved ones, run, all the normal stuff.

Read our Q&A with Eilish here.

Charlotte Allingham stole our attention at the beginning of the year with her remarkable, thought-provoking art work surrounding Invasion Day. We spoke with Charlotte about her Indigenous identity

and artistic practice. Here's a snippet of what she had to say.

As a Wiradjuri woman, how to you maintain a connection to your culture?

My art is a massive connection. I didn't expect it to be this year but the more I draw Indigenous subjects, the more I feel my ancestors and my land. It just fills me with so much emotion. Sometimes I burst out in tears and get really upset and then I try and move on with my day. I plan to strengthen that [connection] this year, even though I'm always from my country.

Read our Q&A with Charlotte here.

Last month we spoke with Ally (red hat) from RACKETT about the ridiculous notion that four women in a band equals a girl band. Pfft. Here's a snippet of what she had to say.

Women in the punk world (& all parts of the world for that matter) often have to work hard to carve a space for themselves and are categorised as “female punk bands” rather than just “punk bands” – what are your thoughts on this?

This really annoys me. Our main goal in this band is to just be a band! No labels - no 'female' orientation. We speak about this a lot within the band. The whole point of being equal is being treated like everyone else. I don't understand why we would still be called a 'girl band' when we can get up there and shred just like the dudes do. It's silly.

Read our Q&A with Ally from Rackett here.

Kristy Dickinson, more commonly known as Haus of Dizzy, chatted with us about being in the jewellery makin' bizz and what goes into making her fkn fantastic statement pieces. Check out what she shared.

Where did the idea for your ‘style’ come from?

People who know me, know that I have always been into fashion and over the top accessories. I think it stems from growing up in the 90's, thinking I was Left eye from TLC and a love for huge gold chains and oversized earrings.

Read our full Q&A with Kristy here.

In November, Melbournian songstress, Aeora, took us through her daily routine and told us what makes her heart thump with delight. Check her out!

What’s the best thing about your home town?

I love Melbourne because it has everything. It has such a character about it and I’m able to do just about everything here. I love the nightlife, the food, the people, the music - it’s great.

Read our full Q&A with Aeora here.

We were stoked to speak with Aussie national treasure, Tina Arena, last year, following her surprise performance at Splendour and ahead of her Australian tour. She offered some sage advice and gave us an insight into her musical taste. Here's what she had to say!

What advice would you offer to people in their 20s who were interested in pursuing a creative career but aren’t quite sure how to take the first step?

Take chances, discover not only what you are good at, but what makes you happy. Understand that you need a good team around you and collaborate with them. Make sure you’re in it for the right reasons, because you like the craft not for the fame.

Read our full Q&A with Tina here.

We've been graced with the presence of Nina Oyama twice this year. Once when we went to see her one-woman comedy show, Nina Needs a Lift, as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, and a second time alongside her comrade Angus Thompson when the pair revealed their mini series, The Angus Project, to the world. We love this chick, she's fucking hilarious.

Nina said: "I think the loosest behaviour on set was when we had to shoot Erika smoking a bong for episode 1 and I was punching consecutive tobacco cones (baccy bongs) for like an hour because we couldn't smoke actual weed on set. Had mad head spins, but it came out pretty well!"

Read our review of Nina's show here.

Read our review of The Angus Project here.

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