Australian women breaking new ground

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This International Women's Day celebrate the incredible scientific, social, economic and cultural achievements of Australian women. 



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Class: science-style
Fighting cancer with humanity and innovative research
Australian cancer researchers at internationally recognised Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne are transforming patients’ lives with groundbreaking research fast-tracked direct from the lab to the patient’s bedside.
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Class: culture-style
On a high note
After a rapid rise to success as a child, opera singer Danielle de Niese has taken a measured approach to building her career and, as a result, is now one of the most in-demand classical performers in the world.
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Class: society-style
The indigenous rights champion
From humble beginnings growing up in public housing, Professor Megan Davis became the first Australian Indigenous person to be elected to a UN body. She has dedicated her life to improving the rights of indigenous communities globally.
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Class: science-style
Australian startup wages war on drug-resistant superbugs
The emergence of superbugs, immune to existing antibiotics, is a significant global public health problem. An Australian biomedical company, co-founded by Alison Todd, is developing world-leading diagnostic technologies, which will be critical to better managing this growing threat.
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Class: culture-style
Making beautiful music (videos)
Director Kinga Burza has made her mark on the competitive music video and commercial film industry though hard work, persistence, a willingness to take chances – and a healthy dose of Australian charm.
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Class: society-style
Navigating the AI revolution
An Australian cultural anthropologist is helping the world find its way in the new era of artificial intelligence (AI).
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Class: society-style
Bringing nutrition to the table
Australian social enterprise Food Ladder is improving the health and livelihoods of remote and disadvantaged communities around the world by training people how to grow fresh produce with sustainable agricultural technology.
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Class: business-style
Fashion forward and socially savvy
Through its canny use of social media, Australian fashion etailer Showpo has built a huge following worldwide, creating a community of clothes-loving millennials and a booming online fashion house in the process.
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Class: science-style
The ripple that caused a universal wave
A mere month after the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the first ever detection of gravitational waves, another extraordinary announcement was made. Strange ripples in space-time were detected coming from a whole new – and far more illuminating – source, and Australian researchers were among the first in the world to watch it play out.
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Class: business-style
Women of wine
While Australian female winemakers are not in the majority in the industry, they are leading the way in innovation and sustainability.
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Class: culture-style
Brave new (virtual) world
Artist Lynette Wallworth uses emerging technologies to tell intricate stories that resonate on the international stage.
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Class: environment-style
Australians in Indonesia: Ewa Wojkowska
Ewa Wojkowska is determined to improve the life of rural and isolated communities in developing countries.
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Class: culture-style
Australians in India: Sharell Cook
When Sharell Cook decided she needed a change, India beckoned. Now based in Mumbai, she makes a living writing about her adopted home online.
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Class: business-style
Australians in Indonesia: Stephanie Arrowsmith
Stephanie Arrowsmith believes in the power of people, collaboration and innovation to change the world.
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Class: culture-style
Australians in India: Pallavi Sharda
At 21, the Melbourne University law graduate packed her bags and headed to Bollywood to pursue her passion.
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Class: environment-style
Australians in India: Alexie Seller
A major in Spanish and Latin American Studies logically meant a career in Central or South America, instead engineer Alexie Seller found herself drawn to India on a mission to provide clean energy to families in urban slums.
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Class: culture-style
Australians in Indonesia: Janet DeNeefe
Bali has been home to Janet DeNeefe for more than 30 years and the island and its people continue to weave its magic on her. The author, artist, restauranteur, boutique hotel owner and organiser of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has carved out a dream life in the hillside town of Ubud.
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Class: food-style
Australians in India: Sarah Todd
From a small town in Queensland to the beaches of Goa via the catwalks of Europe, Sarah Todd has found her place in India.
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Class: business-style
Sparks in the Desert
Nestled deep in Australia’s Red Centre, the Desert Knowledge Precinct is home to innovative organisations and initiatives that create opportunities for desert communities. These include the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, which aims to become a world leader in renewables research.
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Class: science-style
The L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowships
Since 2007, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships have been recognising the achievements of exceptional female scientists at different stages of their careers. This year’s Australian recipients are inspiring role models for a new generation.
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Class: business-style
Burning bright
With a fusion of French savoir-faire and Australian can-do attitude and creativity, Elise Pioch Balzac has built a global luxury candle business taking Australian native ingredients to the world. Maison Balzac employs indigenous botanicals and Australian soy waxes to create candles that burn bright on the international stage.
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Class: business-style
Australian fashion flies high in China
After a chance meeting on a plane, Australian business women Katie Pratt and Amy Li have grown their fashion label Elliatt into a global success. Their designs are stocked in 1,200 stores around the world, they’ve shown at major fashion weeks, and now the company is bringing their affordable Australian designs to China.
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Distinguished Professor Jenny Graves AO FAA
Class: science-style
Jenny Graves: What can kangaroos and platypus tell us about sex and humanity?
Professor Jenny Graves AO has transformed our understanding of how humans and all vertebrate animals evolved and function.
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Class: science-style
A simple treatment to reduce birth defects
In what could be one of the most significant discoveries in pregnancy research in decades, Australian scientists have discovered a previously unknown cause of birth defects and miscarriages. And that’s only the half of it – they’ve also uncovered a solution, and it could be as simple as increasing your vitamin B3 intake.
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