reflects on the year as she names her top five women of 2017.
The end of the year is upon us and soon news shows will be getting all reflective: compiling their “best ofs” for 2017. It has been a huge year. Starting with the inauguration of a man-child, and finishing with the women of Hollywood kicking some serious arse.
So in celebration of the double X chromosomes, I give you my top five women for 2017. 1. Magda Szubanski ubanski I grew up loving ving Magda on my telly like everyone eryone else, but the day she came me out on national TV on The Project roject in 2012 was the day I realised alised she was really something thing special. This year, she he took bravery to a new level el in becoming the public face ace of the same-sex marriage survey. Only y she will ever know the personal ersonal toll the debate must t have had on her, but to stand up for equality so passionately y and eloquently against the cries of those who don’t believe elieve in it was incredibly courageous. ourageous. 2. Connie Johnson nson OAM
Speaking of courage, Connie Johnson nson went through more ore in her 40 years on this planet than any human should have to. She lost her mother ther to suicide and battled cancer three times. As I sat at her memorial service, it became so clear to me that Connie gave her Love Your Sister “villagers” far more than the incredible $5.6 million she raised for breast cancer research. Through her openness and honesty, she gave breast cancer survivors and their families a sense of community, a place to laugh, to cry and to feel empowered. She deserved every bit of that Order of Austral Australia that she received. 3. Amand Amanda Keller This year yea Amanda Keller was inducte inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame. About bloody time time, I say. I had always admired Ama Amanda from afar and respected the w way she navigated the media world with no drama, no fuss, just plain hard work. Often when you mee meet your heroes, they are not as amazi amazing as you have built them up to b be. But meeting Amanda and subseq subsequently becoming her friend has be been even more rewarding than I could have imagined. 4. Pi Pink We all know Pink is a star, but thi this year she also provided me w with some serious parenting as aspirations. She was driving he her six-year-old daughter to scho school when, out of the blue, Will Willow said, “Mama, I’m the ugli ugliest girl I know… I look like a boy with long hair.” Pink stayed quiet (something we don’t often do as parents). She went home, channelled her inner 1995 and made a Powerpoint presentation of all the androgynous superstars she could think of, and told Willow that our job is to show the world more kinds of beauty. Just days after Pink retold this story in a speech at the VMAS, I met her at an intimate concert in LA. I was inspired by the way she does it HER way. She brought her daughter to the gig, and let her lay around on the stage next to her as she belted out some of her most famous tunes. There were no airs and graces, just a family doing their thing. 5. My daughter, Evie I, unfortunately, can’t have my daughter lie next to The Project desk every night. As much as I’d like that, she’d get bored in a second. But, fortunately, I do get to wake up to this delightful little human every morning and she is my favourite female of 2017. Yes, ridiculously corny, but it’s my list and I’ll put whoever I damn want on it! She makes every day brighter and I can only hope she has half the courage and resilience of the women above. Carrie co-hosts The Project, 6.30pm weeknights, on Network Ten.
“It may be corny, but it’s my list and I’ll put whoever I damn want on it”