Four waves in, the feminist fight for gender equality is far from over.

This panel brings together the powerful and incendiary feminist voices of Hannah Ferguson, Sisonke Msimang and Jennifer Robinson. Hear from these leading writers and activists who between them offer daring feminist opinions on topics ranging from freedom of speech, right-wing politics, racism, xenophobia, belonging and identity, taboos around sex and pleasure, as well as the legal judgements that continue to silence and disadvantage women.

Be inspired by the feminist firebrands who are fighting for meaningful social change. Hosted by the inimitable Jo Dyer, this is an important examination of the most pressing issues facing women today.


Hannah Ferguson is the Chief Executive Officer of independent news commentary platform Cheek Media Co., the co-host of news and culture podcast Big Small Talk and the author of Bite Back. Hannah has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing from The University of Queensland. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey and more.

Sisonke Msimang is the author of two books: Always Another Country: a memoir of exile and home (2017) and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela (2018). She also has written for a range of publications including The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Newsweek.

Jennifer Robinson is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London. She has acted in key human rights and media freedom cases in domestic and international courts. Jen sits on the boards of the Grata Fund, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford University and is a trustee of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. In 2022, she co-authored How Many More Women? Exposing how the law silences women, published by Allen & Unwin.


Jo Dyer is a writer, literary curator, producer of theatre and film, former Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week and former CEO of Sydney Writers’ Festival. She is a regular contributor to The Shot and her writing has appeared in other publications including Guardian Australia and Meanjin. Her first book, Burning Down the House: Reconstructing Modern Politics, was published in 2022

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