Issue #656

Rosie Batty

“I would tell my 16-year-old self that you’re enough and don’t settle for less. Believe in yourself and what you deserve…” In a powerful Letter to My Younger Self interview, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty talks about the gift of motherhood, the power of self-belief and why we need real systemic change to end family violence.

“If I’ve helped lift the lid on something that has been a dirty secret throughout previous generations and shifted that into a conversation where people are able to learn and understand it more, then that’s a big thing in itself,” says Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year.

Credit: ABC. Credit: ABC.

More highlights in this International Women’s Day edition:

  • Zoë Kravitz chats about getting her inner freak on as Catwoman in The Batman
  • More than 50 years after her landmark address to The Women of America, Gloria Steinem tells us why she still has fire in her belly
  • We join The Big Issue’s Women’s Workforce for a shift, and find out how procurement work is changing the lives of women experiencing homelessness and marginalisation
  • Photographer Bri Hammond captures the energy of Melbourne-based pro-feminist amateur water ballet troupe The Clams
  • Ahead of her appearance at Adelaide Writers’ Week, author Amia Srinivasan speaks to us about her essay collection The Right to Sex
  • Muso, novelist and performer Jenny Hval talks magic, mundanity and her new album, Classic Objects
  • Author Katherine Collette writes of joining the competitive public speaking circuit with her speech – about flatpack bookshelves
  • In Tastes Like Home, baker Sally Wise celebrates summer stone fruit with her recipe for a Nectarine Crumble Tray Bake. Yum!


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