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Young Australian Women To Look Out For In 2018

Tilly Lawless is a writer and activist who is challenging the stigma around the sex work industry. She is a powerful voice for sex worker rights and has spoken at TEDxYouth Sydney on why the mainstream feminist movement needs to support and embrace sex worker rights. Tilly has also featured on the ABC iview series You Can’t Ask That - tackling age-old stereotypes around the industry.

You can find Tilly on Instagram: @tilly_lawless

Aretha Brown is a student, activist and proud Gumbaynggirr woman who speaks out for Indigenous and LGBTQI+ rights. Aretha spoke at the Invasion Day protest in front of fifty thousand protesters calling for the date of Australia Day to be changed. This year she was elected as the first female Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament and is continuing to make waves by demanding change. 

Follow her on Instagram: @enterthedragon_

Brodie Lancaster is a Melbourne-based editor, writer and DJ. She founded Filmme Fatales, a zine on film and feminism and has published a memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine. She has written for a number of publications and explores topics, which include pop culture, pop music and feminism. In 2015, Brodie was named one of Melbourne Writers ’30 Under 30’ and was on the shortlist for the Richell Prize award for Emergy Writers. Her writing explores self-acceptance and being a young woman in today’s world.

You can find her on Twitter: @brodielancaster

Sarah Moran is co-founder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy. Sarah is a tech whiz who started the first Australian all-female hackathon #SheHacks. BY 2025, she aims to get 1 million women into tech and launching their own start-ups. Sarah recently received a $1.3 million grant from Launch Victoria to continue her mission of getting women into tech and changing the online space.

Follow Sarah on Twitter: (@SarahMoran)

Caitlin Figueiredo is a student, activist, speaker and unstoppable force. Caitlin advocates for gender equity and is the youngest person chosen as one of the ‘100 Women of Influence’ awards in 2016. Last year she was invited to the White House where Michelle Obama named her a Global Changemaker for Global Equity. She is also the board director of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and ambassador for The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

Follow Caitlin on Twitter: @CaitFigueiredo

Nevena Spirovska is a producer, activist, writer and a strong feminist voice in the local Melbourne community. She is the producer of the feminist podcast Quicke and vice president of the Period Project Melbourne, which is a non-profit organisation that provides sanitary products and support for women experiencing homelessness. Nevena has also been selected to represent YWCA Victoria at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in NYC in 2018.

Follow Nevena on Twitter: (@NevenaSpirovska) 

Yassmin Adbel-Magied is a Muslim Sudanese-Australian engineer, activist, writer, social commentator and an all round Superwoman. Yassmin speaks about topics such as race, religion, unconscious bias and feminism. She founded Youth Without Borders, which enables young people to work for positive change in their communities. She was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year in 2007 and has continued to kick goals since.

You can follow her on Twitter: @yassmin_a

Michelle Law is a Brisbane-based writer and screenwriter. She received an Australian Writer’s Guild AWGIE award for screenwriting and has also won the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. She explores gender, race and social issues in her writing. Michelle has also spoken about her Alopecia Areata in the TEDxSouthBankWomen talk ‘A Bald Woman’s Guide To Survival’. She is a strong advocate for embracing baldness and encouraging bald women to feel empowered. 

Follow Michelle on Twitter: (@ms_michellelaw)

Margot Fink is an LGBTI activist and is involved with Minus 18, which is a youth-led network for LGBTI teens. She has led the Gender is Not Uniform campaign, which aims at creating safer environments for gender diverse students. She helped develop All Of Us, which is the first nationally approved teacher training resource on LGBTI topics for Australian schools. Margot also supports the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia campaigns and has helped organise the Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal.

You can find Margot on Twitter: @Margot_Fink

Amelia Telford is a young Bundjalung woman who was awarded National NAIDOC Youth of the Year in 2014. She helped start SEED, which is a network of young First Nations environmentalists. Amelia is committed to protecting land, culture and communities and is fighting for a more sustainable future.

Find Amelia on Twitter: @AmeliaTelford