Eurydice Dixon was let down – It’s time for tangible and effective change


  Did you know that since the September 11 attacks in 2001 there have been six people killed by terrorists in Australia? This is itself a hideous thing to think about, and it should make us grateful for the anti-terrorist measures that the government and police force are always undertaking. Did you know that since 1 January 2018 there have been thirty women killed in Australia? That is more than one woman killed each week. Really think about it for a moment. Thirty women. And yet, in the federal budget this year, Malcolm Turnbull’s government committed more money to a… Continue Reading

A call to arms: How to become an amazing woman leader


  It’s mind blowing to think that here we sit, half way through 2018, and women are still facing gender equality issues. Still working in environments where the blokes do better because, well, they’re blokes. It’s shit. As a coach I continually hear from women who don’t even know where to begin busting through gender equality barriers. Well I can tell you that idle chat around the coffee machine isn’t going to cut it. And neither is a self-help book, no matter how well it’s written. Women have what it takes to become extraordinary leaders. That’s a given. What they… Continue Reading

The Leiden Guide to Feminism


  ‘…when young women move into the world and they realise… “Why am I being treated differently?” and they start to blame themselves because they don’t understand that they are part of a historic pattern…which is…working a little bit against them.’ – Emma Watson [for Buzzfeed, March 2017]   The other day a friend of mine came across a term that she didn’t fully understand: intersectional feminism. She realised she should probably know what that was so she asked me to help her learn about this. I am by no means the world’s feminist guru, however, I am fascinated by… Continue Reading

Talking Science with Nicole Fetchet


  During the month of August we have been celebrating women in science and technology. We know it’s the last day of August but we just wanted to sneak one more in. Nicole Fetchet worked as an Industrial Chemist before running away to join the Questacon Science Circus. Now she will be heading off on a research trip to Antarctica as part of Homeward Bound, an amazing initiative bringing together women in STEM leadership from all over the world. We caught up with her over a drink to talk all things science. Here is what she told us:   ‘I… Continue Reading

Talking Science with Dr Erin Walsh


  Have you ever noticed that there always seems to be a handful of ‘iconic’ people on a university campus? You know the type: someone whom everybody knows and recognises even if they have never had a class with them. When I studied science at the Australian National University (ANU) there was such a person. She was affectionately dubbed ‘Yellow Girl’ and as you may have guessed, she made herself conspicuous by dressing solely in the colour yellow. So iconic was she that I even heard her mentioned on the radio earlier in the year when, during O Week, discussion… Continue Reading

Shirty Science


  From the 12 – 20th of August it is National Science Week: a whole week (quite a long one you will notice) dedicated to celebrating science. We love science here at Leiden so we thought that instead of just celebrating the wonder of science for just one week we would dedicate the month of August to celebrating women in science. To get the ball rolling we chatted with Madison Hartill-Law who is not only kicking butt in her science career but has also developed an initiative that brings together science and fashion.   Leiden What initially drew you to… Continue Reading

The Women’s Collective


As always, lots of exciting things are happening in Canberra. One of the most exciting things to happen this weekend is the launch of The Women’s Collective website and online directory. The Women’s Collective is a kick-ass community made up of women who are either in business or have a dream of starting one. Until now the Collective has created a place where entrepreneurs and professionals can collaborate, exchange knowledge and celebrate success through its social media channels and events. However, after the launch of a brand spanking new site, this vision can now been shared with a wider audience… Continue Reading