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ABC celebrates International Women’s Day with all-female line-up

NewsMedia Release

To mark International Women’s Day 2017 the ABC is putting its line-up of female leaders to the fore.

On 8 March, programs and content across radio, television and digital will reflect the day’s theme of #BeBoldForChange and focus on the need for change and gender equality in all communities.

Commencing at 6am with ABC News Breakfast an all-female line-up will lead the major radio and TV news bulletins and current affairs programs and present across the day on NewsRadio and News 24.

ABC Radio will also showcase the extraordinary breadth of female broadcasting and creative talent with all-women presenters on all networks, while special content through the day explores the need for change and gender equality. Jane Caro will take on hosting duties on Conversations at 11am on Local Radioher guest will be award-winning journalist Joanne McCarthy.

At noon Sarah Moran, CEO of Girl Geek Academy will talk about the importance of encouraging girls into tech in the first School Hacks for Parents Facebook live series on the ABC Splash Facebook page:

In a special IWD broadcast at 1pm, RN will present Coming Out, Again to reunite some of the Coming Out cast from the 70s to the 90s, such as Julie Rigg, Nicola Joseph, Fiona Martin and Kath Duncan.

Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview) features Dr Susan Carland, an academic, author and social commentator whose expertise in gender, sociology and the modern Muslim experience have made her an important voice in the Australian cultural landscape.  

In the evening ABC Radio presents an All Star Entertainment Debate: That Motherhood Is OverratedStarring a galaxy of Australia’s finest female talent in a heady collision of heart and humour including Wendy Harmer, Elaine Crombie, Showko Showfukutei, Patricia Karvelas, Effie The Virgin Bride (aka Mary Coustas), Julia Zemiro and hosted by Libbi Gorr, the debate will be broadcast on RN at 8:05pm, on Local Radio at 9:05pm.

ABC iview fans will be treated to a collection of programs highlighting the work and contributions of some of Australia’s most well-known women including artist Margaret Olley, journalist Ita Buttrose and comedian Judith Lucy’s brilliant Judith Lucy Is All Woman.

The largest ever study of Australian women on the land, The Invisible Farmer, will be launched on ABC Open ( A creative partnership between the ABC, rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations, The Invisible Farmer aims to reveal the hidden stories of women on the land and stimulate public discussion about contemporary issues facing rural Australia and its future.

In support of the day, a campaign will run across radio, online, digital and social channels, spearheaded by a 30 second television promo where deeply respected broadcasters including Kumi Taguchi, Joe O’Brien, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Myf Warhurst, Chris Bath, Beverly O’Connor, Linda Marigliano and Fran Kelly share the advice they would give to their younger selves.