EDI­TOR’S LET­TER:

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents - Ni­cole Byers EDI­TOR IN CHIEF

from the desk of The Weekly’s Ni­cole Byers

This month is one of our favourites in The Weekly cal­en­dar as we get to share with you the win­ners of our Women of the Fu­ture Awards (see page 57). Be it por­ing over the 100-plus en­tries from ex­cep­tional young women na­tion­wide, or de­bat­ing the mer­its of our nal­ists with my es­teemed fel­low judges (right), it’s a hugely in­spir­ing cam­paign.

Lit­tle could any of us have sus­pected that just weeks after I sat across the ta­ble from the then deputy Lib­eral leader to dis­cuss the Women of the Fu­ture can­di­dates, it would be her fu­ture that was be­ing hotly de­bated across the coun­try. What­ever your views on Julie Bishop’s pol­i­tics are – and we know from your let­ters they are var­ied – you’d be hard pushed not to ad­mire her in­tel­li­gence, work ethic and strength of char­ac­ter. She’s been a trail­blazer for women in pol­i­tics and beyond, and I think it’s ter­ri­bly dis­ap­point­ing that the far­ci­cal events of the past month have robbed us of not only one of the few women in a se­nior po­si­tion in our gov­ern­ment, but of a For­eign Min­is­ter who truly held her own on the world stage.

When it comes to strong char­ac­ters, look no fur­ther than this month’s cover star Sally Field (see page 22). In a raw and re­veal­ing sit-down in­ter­view with The Weekly, she opens up about her painful past, and why she felt com­pelled to nally speak about the un­speak­able. We also cel­e­brate that great Aussie tra­di­tion of lend­ing a hand to a mate in need as we check in with some of our drought he­roes help­ing those do­ing it tough (see page 40).

The Weekly’s Juliet Rieden with Sally Field at her LA home (above). Left: Staffers Michele Cranston and Fran Ab­dal­laoui with Tom Parker Bowles.

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